Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Trump Dings ‘Ex-FBI LAYER' Lisa Page for Skipping House Subpoena

Trump Dings ‘Ex-FBI LAYER' Lisa Page for Skipping House Subpoena

Lisa Page, the infamous former Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer whose anti-Trump texts sparked an outcry against bias in the government, refused Tuesday to testify before Congress and is blaming the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the congressional committees calling for her testimony.

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.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Wednesday that he backed Goodlatte's efforts to secure Page's testimony. But a subpoena to testify before Congress is not optional.

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. "Together with her lover, FBI Agent Peter Strzok, she worked on the Rigged Witch Hunt, perhaps the most tainted and corrupt case EVER!"

After the Clinton probe ended and Trump won the election, both Strzok and Page joined, for a short time, the investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into possible collusion with Russian Federation by the Trump campaign, as well as possible obstruction of justice.

The president has repeatedly painted Mueller's investigation as a tainted witch-hunt led by Democrats. Bannon never answered the questions, and the House never voted on whether to hold him in contempt.

Every person who having been summoned as a witness by the authority of either House of Congress to give testimony ... who, having appeared, refuses to answer any question pertinent to the question under inquiry, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000 nor less than $100 and imprisonment in a common jail for not less than one month nor more than twelve months.
And she also said Page has been cooperating with the probes, and she expected Page to appear before the committees "in the near future". Should they actually attempt to hold Page in contempt, Nadler said, a judge would "throw it out", because she had not been given enough time to review documents.

"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.

In a letter to her lawyer Amy Jeffress, Goodlatte said she had a choice of appearing publicly along with Strzok in a hearing on Thursday, or accepting to be deposed privately on Friday at 10:00 am.

The [House Judiciary and Oversight] Committees' bullying tactics here are unnecessary. "We are also aware of committee efforts to schedule your client's appearance for over six months now". "The Committees have not honored this request". "Americans across the country are alarmed at the bias exhibited by top officials at the Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation, and it is imperative Congress conduct vigorous oversight to ensure that never happens again".

Strzok was interviewed in closed session with lawmakers for 11 hours last month and his lawyer has asked the transcript be made public. When he returns to Capitol Hill for Thursday's hearing he will be speaking publicly about the messages for the first time. The text messages were uncovered during the Justice Department inspector general's probe of the Clinton email investigation. Trump wrote that Page is an "Ex-FBI LAYER", which is not a thing.

Federal Bureau of Investigation director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein have rejected suggestions of bias against Trump, and have assured Congress that Mueller is conducting his probe appropriately.

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