Republicans mull holding former Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer Lisa Page in contempt

Lester Mason
July 12, 2018

Jeffress said in a statement prior to the contempt threat that Page could not appear without first having access to Federal Bureau of Investigation documents that the committees already possessed, and that they had ignored her efforts to find a later date for the deposition. And she also said Page has been cooperating with the probes, and she expected Page to appear before the committees "in the near future".

The committees are interested in Page as part of their investigation into what they say is bias at the Justice Department.

Page and Strzok - paramours while working within the agency - worked on the FBI's Hillary Clinton email investigation as well as Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe.

Page, whose 2016 anti-Trump text messages with Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Peter Strzok have become the stuff of conspiratorial Republican hysteria, defied a Judiciary Committee subpoena to testify in a closed-door setting before the committees on Wednesday.

"She was a part of the mess that we have uncovered over at DOJ".

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

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

Contempt votes are rare in Congress and often largely symbolic.

It's unclear if GOP lawmakers will actually hold a contempt vote if Page continues to defy the subpoena.

The [House Judiciary and Oversight] Committees' bullying tactics here are unnecessary. During the 2016 presidential campaign they exchanged text messages that suggested they would take whatever action was necessary to prevent Donald Trump from being elected President and to secure Hillary Clinton's election.

Strzok, meanwhle, is scheduled for a hearing on Thursday, after previously having a lengthy private meeting in June.

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) called the notification from Page's lawyer "indefensible" in a tweet Tuesday.

A report by the Justice Department's internal watchdog released last month detailed the inflammatory texts between the two, including an exchange in which Strzok wrote "we'll stop it" in reference to a potential Trump election win.

Ryan, asked about Page's decision not to testify Wednesday, said, "I am very disturbed by this". "Wow, but is anybody really surprised!" "Together with her lover, FBI Agent Peter Strzok, she worked on the Rigged Witch Hunt, perhaps the most tainted and corrupt case EVER!"

But back to the tweet for a second. Read his hate filled and totally biased Emails and the answer is clear!

Strzok had a leading role in the Clinton probe and was removed from the Mueller investigation after the texts were discovered a year ago. Page left it voluntarily shortly after she joined the team and eventually left the Federal Bureau of Investigation. A recent Justice Department Inspector General report discussed the text messages, acknowledging that they were evidence of political bias, but only showed concern that Strzok may have been willing to act on that bias while carrying out official duties.

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

The Judiciary Committee also held a contentious hearing June 28 with FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

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