Republicans on Capitol Hill say they're considering holding former Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer Lisa Page in contempt after she did not appear for an interview Wednesday under subpoena, but her lawyer maintains she's more than willing to cooperate and House leaders have resorted to "bullying" tactics.
Page was subpoenaed to appear for a private interview Wednesday, but her lawyer informed the committees Tuesday that she would not show up.
"I am very disturbed by this", Ryan told journalists at a press briefing Wednesday.
It's unclear if GOP lawmakers will actually hold a contempt vote if Page continues to defy the subpoena.
"There is no basis for claims that Lisa has anything to hide or is unwilling to testify", she said, adding that the Oversight and Judiciary committees' "bullying tactics here are unnecessary".
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal earlier this year, Trump said the text between Strzok and Page amounted to "treason" and had exposed an Federal Bureau of Investigation plot against him. She resigned from the Federal Bureau of Investigation in May.
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The decision not to appear for Wednesday's scheduled deposition is sure to provoke a response from the committee, which could move to hold her in contempt of Congress.
"All she is asking is to be treated as other witnesses have under the Committees" own rules, ' Jeffress said.
A report from the Department of Justice Inspector General examined the texts between the two agents as part of its overall look at the Russian Federation probe and concluded there was no political motivation in any of the actions taken by investigators. What are you hiding, Miss Page?
The text messages exchanged between Strzok and Page while they worked on the Hillary Clinton email investigation and the probe into President Donald Trump and Russian Federation have been cited by Trump and his allies as key evidence that the FBI's investigation is biased against the President. "Together with her lover, FBI Agent Peter Strzok, she worked on the Rigged Witch Hunt, perhaps the most tainted and corrupt case EVER!" However, on Tuesday, Page showed signs of cold feet when her lawyer, Amy Jeffress, issued a statement complaining about Committee staff.
Strzok will testify publicly before the committees on Thursday.
Strzok had a leading role in the Clinton probe and was removed from the Mueller investigation after the texts were discovered a year ago. Page left it voluntarily shortly after she joined the team and eventually left the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He was interviewed privately by lawmakers on the two committees for 11 hours June 27.
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