House Committees Will Interview Lisa Page This Week

J. Scott Applewhite  AP

J. Scott Applewhite AP

It was then that he heard the news that she may defy the subpoena and refuse to testify and condemned it as a "total disgrace".

The two committees' "bullying tactics here are unnecessary", she added. "We will do what we need to do to protect this branch of government".

Mr. Strzok is scheduled to testify Wednesday before both committees.

Strzok will testify Thursday before a joint hearing of the House Judiciary and House Oversight and Government Reform committees, one week after appearing before the panels behind closed doors.

"It appears that Lisa Page has something to hide. we will use all tools at our disposal to obtain her testimony", Goodlatte wrote. "She's got to decide now", Goodlatte said.

Time will tell if the House will take such measures against Page, or if the two sides will reach an agreement for a future meeting time before such action is considered.




But New York Rep. Page exchanged text messages critical of Donald Trump with Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Peter Strzok, who will testify publicly before the panels Thursday. However, on Tuesday, Page showed signs of cold feet when her lawyer, Amy Jeffress, issued a statement complaining about Committee staff. "She has offered to voluntarily appear before the Committees later this month". The report did not find that the conclusions in the Clinton investigation were tainted by political bias. Page has also been seeking access to Federal Bureau of Investigation documents that the committees already had, and Jeffress said they heard late Tuesday that the request for that access had been granted. If she doesn't, the Republicans said, they will initiate the contempt process at 10:30 a.m. Friday. "We've been talking to her attorney for over a month".

Aiming to discredit the probe, Trump and supporters in Congress have charged that Mueller's team is stacked with Democrats and that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has been opposed to him. "Please let me know how the Chairmen intend to communicate their disagreement with that letter prior to any appearance by Ms. Page".

Similarly, Florida Rep. Ron DeSantis called Page's unwillingness to testify "pathetic". When he returns to Capitol Hill for Thursday's hearing he will be speaking publicly about the messages for the first time.

"It appears that Lisa Page has something to hide", he said in a statement. "All she is asking is to be treated as other witnesses have under the Committees' own rules".

The committees are interested in Page as part of their investigation into what they say is bias at the Justice Department. "In fact, Lisa and I went to the Federal Bureau of Investigation today today to review the materials that were previously produced to Congress related to her proposed interview, but after waiting more than three hours, we were not provided with any documents".

Meadows said Wednesday morning that the Federal Bureau of Investigation told him there was a "technical glitch" preventing her from getting access to the relevant materials Tuesday, but he later argued that the fact Page couldn't get access to classified material wasn't relevant because the interview would have been held in an unclassified setting.

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