House Panels Give Ex-FBI Lawyer Two Last Chances to Testify

Peter Strzok and Lisa Page

Trump ‘Total Disgrace’ Strzok and Page Getting Testimony Cold Feet U.S. Department of Justice Ohio State University 10 Jul 2018Washington DC

In June, Justice Department Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz, who conducted a review into the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, said that the text between Page and Strzok "potentially indicated or created the appearance that investigative decisions were impacted by bias or improper considerations" but concluded any anti-Trump bias had no significant impact on decisions in the Clinton email investigation.

House Speaker Paul Ryan is warning former Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer Lisa Page that she must appear for a private interview with two House committees investigating the Justice Department or the House could take action against her.

Strzok and Page worked on special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, but Strzok was removed when the texts were discovered previous year.

"Instead of responding to our requests to explain the scope of the interview and provide sufficient notice to allow her to prepare, the Committees chose to issue a subpoena", Page's attorney wrote. Trump tweeted. "Together with her lover, FBI Agent Peter Strzok, she worked on the Rigged Witch Hunt, perhaps the most tainted and corrupt case EVER!"

He said that by Page not agreeing to show up, she's adding to the complexity of her legal woes.

"We will use all tools at our disposal to obtain her testimony", Goodlatte said.

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., speaks following a House Republican Conference meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 11.

Page's attorney, Amy Jeffress, said in a statement that her client didn't have enough time to prepare for her interview. 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".

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"This investigation is a political charade-a platform to elevate far-right conspiracy theories and undermine the Special Counsel's ongoing criminal investigation of the President and his campaign aides, which has already produced five guilty pleas and criminal charges against 23 individuals and entities", said Representative Jerrold Nadler, the Ranking Member of the Committee on the Judiciary.

"A subpoena to testify before Congress is not optional, it's mandatory", Ryan said.

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.

House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Virginia) didn't buy this excuse, saying that Page knew for months that she was expected to testify.

It appears neither Page nor Strzok have had access to a transcript of the deposition.

As the committees have investigated bias at the Justice Department, they have focused much of their ire on Strzok.

Strzok will testify publicly before the committees on Thursday.

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.

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