House GOP weighs contempt against key witness in Federal Bureau of Investigation probes

Clay Curtis
July 13, 2018

Former FBI lawyer Page was subpoenaed to appear before the Congress by the House Judiciary Committee.

Page's attorney said Tuesday that she wouldn't appear for a private interview Wednesday with the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees, despite a subpoena.

Jeffress added that Page received word from the Justice Department only "after 11 pm" Tuesday that she would have access to the documents she needed for Wednesday's interview.

It's unclear if GOP lawmakers will actually hold a contempt vote if Page continues to defy the subpoena. "She has an obligation to come and testify".

During 2016, Page and Strzok were having an affair while they were both involved in the politically charged investigation of Clinton, Trump's Democratic election rival, for misuse of classified materials on her private email server.

"Lisa and I went to the Federal Bureau of Investigation today to review the materials that were previously produced to Congress relating to her proposed interview, but after waiting for more than three hours, we were not provided with any documents", Jeffress said in a statement.

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Jeffress writes in the letter that she assumes the committees agree there is no legitimate basis for that investigation, because it would be "inappropriate for the chairmen to request a voluntary interview from a subject or target of a criminal investigation relating to the same matters of that investigation". Trump tweeted. "Read his hate filled and totally biased Emails and the answer is clear!" The DOJ watchdog published a report last month that revealed messages between Strzok and Page which suggested the two of them, along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, would try and stop Trump from getting elected.

Page's lawyer said the committee issued the subpoena on Saturday, July 7, and would have been asking her about material her lawyer said she had not yet been shown.

"She has known for months that the House Judiciary Committee has sought her testimony as part of our joint investigation with the Oversight Committee into decisions made by the Justice Department in 2016, and she has no excuse for her failure to appear", Goodlatte said.

Page, who worked for Andrew McCabe when he was Federal Bureau of Investigation deputy director and briefly served on special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's team, "was part of the mess that we've uncovered over at DOJ", Ryan said. President Trump has seized on the Strzok and Page's texts to denounce the Mueller probe as nothing more than a "witch hunt". "The record shows otherwise", Jeffress said in the statement, stressing that Page had already cooperated with the inspector general's probe and one other congressional panel.

Page and fellow Federal Bureau of Investigation employee Peter Strzok were involved in an extramarital affair.

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