Ryan issues warning to ex-FBI lawyer defying subpoena

Ryan issues warning to ex-FBI lawyer defying subpoena

Ryan issues warning to ex-FBI lawyer defying subpoena

Lisa Page and Peter Strzok made national headlines earlier this year after multiple text exchanges were publicly released; showing widespread anti-Trump bias throughout the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice ahead of the 2016 race for the White House.

Lisa Page, an ex-FBI lawyer who was romantically involved with former lead Trump-Russia investigator Peter Strzok, will not yet appear before the committee as she has not been told what topics will be discussed and the Federal Bureau of Investigation has not given her documents to review, her attorney Amy Jeffress told Politico.

Strzok and Page were involved in a romantic relationship in 2016, when they were both involved in the investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's email server.

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's lawyer Amy Jeffress told CBS News' Paula Reid that she and Page on Tuesday went to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, her former employer, to review the materials that were sent to Congress, but they were not shown any documents after waiting more than three hours.

Page and Strzok became the center of the controversy about alleged political bias within the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department after their text messages were released. Jerry Nadler, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, said the threat of holding Page in contempt was a "charade", arguing there was no reason why she couldn't review the documents and come in for an interview next week.

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

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

"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.

On Wednesday Page indeed failed to appear before Congress. But a subpoena to testify before Congress is not optional.

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.

The letter lays out a timeline, stating that, if Page does not appear, the committee "intends to initiate contempt proceedings" on Friday at 10:30 a.m. "Total disgrace!" the president tweeted Monday. "Right?!" Page wrote to Strzok.

He testified behind closed doors last month, and his attorney has also clashed with Republicans on the two committees, accusing them of mischaracterizing Strzok's testimony and then refusing to release the transcript of his interview.

As the committees have investigated bias at the Justice Department, they have focused much of their ire on Strzok. In the hearing, Republicans angrily accused the officials of withholding documents from them and demanded details about surveillance tactics in the Russian Federation investigation.

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