Ex-FBI lawyer defies House Republicans' subpoena

Peter Strzok and Lisa Page

Peter Strzok and Lisa Page

In a statement released by Page's lawyer Tuesday, she claims that she has not been given sufficient time to review materials relating to her case, and she blamed the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform Committees.

The House Judiciary Committee issued a subpoena for Page's testimony earlier this week. "She has an obligation to come and testify. But a subpoena to testify before Congress is not optional; it's mandatory".

A former FBI lawyer who was involved in investigations of both Hillary Clinton and President Donald Trump on Wednesday rejected a Congressional subpoena to testify on allegations of anti-Trump bias in those probes.

Page also briefly served on Mueller's investigative team until the revelations of her texts with Strzok.

Jeffress added that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had not given her and Page the necessary materials to prepare for her hearing, saying the two had gone to the Federal Bureau of Investigation to review the materials, "but after waiting for more than three hours, we were not provided with any documents".

"Through her actions and words, Lisa has made it abundantly clear that she will cooperate with this investigation", Jeffress said. "Together with her lover, FBI Agent Peter Strzok, she worked on the Rigged Witch Hunt, perhaps the most tainted and corrupt case EVER!"

In a statement released Wednesday, Amy Jeffress said Page requires more time. President Trump continued in a subsequent tweet.

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Even several committee Republicans don't expect that Page will seriously consider taking up the offer for her to appear at the hearing Thursday, to be questioned alongside Strzok.

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.

In a letter to the committees' chairmen, they said an inquiry originally billed as reviewing the investigation into Democrat Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server "has morphed into a partisan, abusive, and improper inquisition of Special Counsel Mueller's investigation of President Trump's campaign and its connections to Russian Federation".

Lisa Page has ignored a subpoena from Congressional investigators who have abandoned the Russian Federation investigation and pivoted to investigating the FBI instead.

Strzok had a leading role in the Clinton probe and was removed from the Mueller investigation after the texts were discovered a year ago.

The committees have focused much of their ire on Strzok, who was interviewed privately by lawmakers on the two committees for 11 hours June 27.

Mueller, a Republican, removed Strzok from the inquiry when he learned about the text exchanges and Page has left the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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