READ: GOP Committee Chairs Threaten Lisa Page With Contempt Of Congress
Jul 14 2018
"Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte said Page had "no excuse" for not appearing, and threatened to have her charged with contempt if she did not show up to testify by Friday".
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 2016 presidential election. 'She was a part of a mess that they have uncovered over at DOJ. "Together with her lover, FBI Agent Peter Strzok, she worked on the Rigged Witch Hunt, perhaps the most tainted and corrupt case EVER!"
Page's attorney said that she and Page did not have enough time to prepare for the meeting, and that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was less than accommodating when they went to go over materials had been given to Congress.
"Despite repeated promises by Republicans that they would not interfere with the ongoing criminal investigation being conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, they asked hundreds of questions during our recent interview of Peter Strzok demonstrating that their investigation has become exactly that - an attempt to obstruct Special Counsel Mueller's work and act as President Trump's defense counsel", Mr. Cummings said.
He said that by Page not agreeing to show up, she's adding to the complexity of her legal woes.
In a statement released Wednesday, Amy Jeffress said Page requires more time. "The Committees have not honored this request".
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.
In his tweet, Trump called Strzok and Page the "FBI lovers" in a reference to the fact that the pair were in a romantic relationship.
Jeffress said that the Justice Department granted Page's request late Tuesday evening to review the relevant documents before she testifies, and Jeffress is now "working to arrange that process quickly so that we can move forward with her appearance before the Committees".
As the committees have investigated bias at the Justice Department, they have focused much of their ire on Strzok.
While Strzok was faulted for his political bias in an inspector general report on the Clinton investigation, his attorney has argued that the inspector general also found that the investigative decisions in that probe were unaffected.
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. He was interviewed privately by lawmakers on the two committees for 11 hours June 27. In the hearing, Republicans angrily accused the officials of withholding documents from them and demanded details about surveillance tactics in the Russian Federation investigation.