Infamous former Federal Bureau of Investigation official Lisa Page said through her lawyer Tuesday that she would not be testifying before Congress on Wednesday as they had requested.
Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page is being given two final options to appear by the end of the week before two House committees investigating her anti-Trump text exchanges with a bureau agent in 2016 - or face potential contempt action from 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. President Trump has seized on the Strzok and Page's texts to denounce the Mueller probe as nothing more than a "witch hunt".
Judge Andrew Napolitano said that former Federal Bureau of Investigation attorney Lisa Page's plan to defy a subpoena to testify before lawmakers is confusing.
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.
"As an additional, and final, accommodation, the [Judiciary] Committee will stay the contempt proceedings provided Lisa Page voluntarily appears on July 12, 2018, at 10:00 a.m., at a previously scheduled public hearing regarding relevant issues under investigation", Oversight Chair Trey Gowdy (R-SC) and Judiciary Chair Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) wrote.
"Lisa Page today defied a House of Representatives issued Subpoena to testify before Congress!" "She has an obligation to come and testify". The DOJ watchdog published a report last month that revealed messages between Strzok and Page which suggested the two of them, along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, would try and stop Trump from getting elected.
The two exchanged text messages saying "we'll stop" a Trump presidency, a report by the FBI Inspector General found.
"If she wants to come plead the Fifth, that's her choice", he added. It's mandatory. She needs to comply'.
Page was schedule to testify before Congress Wednesday.
"It appears that Lisa Page has something to hide", he said in a statement.
"This statement from Lisa Page's attorneys could've been better summed up in one short sentence: 'We're choosing to ignore a Congressional subpoena, '" he tweeted.
Strzok was questioned for 11 hours over his role and alleged bias in a closed hearing of the two committees two weeks ago. Page had already left the team.