READ: GOP Committee Chairs Threaten Lisa Page With Contempt Of Congress

Frederick Owens
July 13, 2018

Page exchanged text messages critical of Donald Trump with Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Peter Strzok, who is testifying publicly Thursday.

Lisa Page - whose affair with Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Peter Strzok has led Trump to dub the pair the "FBI lovers" - was threatened with contempt of Congress charges after she failed to honor a subpoena to appear before the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees Wednesday over her role in politically sensitive probes of Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton.

During FBI agent Peter Strzok's closed-door interview with lawmakers last month, House Republicans seemed to care more about a relationship he had with a colleague and probing the Mueller investigation than they did about Russian Federation interfering with a US election.

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.

Strzok and Page both worked under former FBI Director James Comey during the FBI's investigation of Clinton's emails.

"As an additional, and final, accommodation, the [Judiciary] Committee will stay the contempt proceedings provided Lisa Page voluntarily appears on July 12, 2018, at 10:00 a.m., at a previously scheduled public hearing regarding relevant issues under investigation", Oversight Chair Trey Gowdy (R-SC) and Judiciary Chair Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) wrote.

Two House panels are set to interview former Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer Lisa Page in a closed door meeting. 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".

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Strzok will testify publicly before the committees on Thursday.

"It appears that Lisa Page has something to hide", he said in a statement.

It's unclear if GOP lawmakers will actually hold a contempt vote if Page continues to defy the subpoena. If she wants to come plead the Fifth that's her choice, but a subpoena to testify before Congress is not optional, it's mandatory.

"I am very disturbed by this", Ryan told journalists at a press briefing Wednesday. House Republicans have suggested the Federal Bureau of Investigation was conspiring against Trump during and after his presidential campaign, and the two committees are investigating decisions made by the agency and the Justice Department during the election.

Page's decision not to show up for the deposition Wednesday, under advice of her lawyer, prompted warnings from Goodlatte and other Republicans that the House would resort to whatever tools required to obtain her testimony, potentially including a contempt of Congress action. He was interviewed privately by lawmakers on the two committees for 11 hours June 27.

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

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