House Committees Will Interview Lisa Page This Week


President TrumpDonald John TrumpEx-FBI lawyer won't attend interview with House lawmakers: attorney Trump officials to release migrants with ankle monitors North Korea state media release photos of Kim at potato farm after Pompeo visit MORE on Wednesday once again blasted the investigation into possible collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation during the 2016 election, suggesting that FBI agent Peter Strzok compromised the probe from its outset. Both were removed from the Mueller probe previous year after the Justice Department's internal watchdog made the special counsel aware of the anti-Trump messages.

Jeffress said that the House intelligence and oversight committees only issued the subpoena on July 7, giving Page less than a week to familiarize herself with documents that the Federal Bureau of Investigation gave Congress related to the testimony. Page left it voluntarily shortly after she joined the team and eventually left the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

There was, however, one crucial document Page lacked before her planned appearance-the testimony of Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Peter Strzok.

Page's decision is sure to provoke Congress' ire and the committee could move to hold her in contempt of Congress.

"This is the Federal Bureau of Investigation we're talking about - that is treason", Trump said. "That is a treasonous act".

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He is scheduled to appear again in a public hearing Thursday morning.

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. Bob Goodlatte, said Wednesday that Republicans recently were forced to call in U.S. Marshals to serve former Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer Lisa Page with a subpoena to testify before Congress, as he accused Page of "apparently" having "something to hide".

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) was displeased by the letter from Page's lawyer. But a subpoena to testify before Congress is not optional.

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.

In a statement, Mr. Goodlatte, Virginia Republican, said Ms. Page "has no excuse" for her failure to appear, saying she has known for months the two committees were interested in her testimony.

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Trump has seized on Page and Strzok's inflammatory texts, which were detailed in a report by the Justice Department's internal watchdog last month, to paint the FBI and Mueller's investigation as biased.

The president has repeatedly painted Mueller's investigation as a tainted witch-hunt led by Democrats.

The Judiciary and Oversight panels have already spent much of the summer holding hearings and interviews critical of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department. Trump wrote that Page is an "Ex-FBI LAYER", which is not a thing.

Most recently, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein fended off such accusations from top Republican Reps.

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