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Former FBI Lawyer Lisa Page Fails to Show Up After Subpoena to Appear Before Congress
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12 Jul 2018 09:34 PM EST

By Laura Tucker, Staff writer; Image: Washington D.C. at nighttime (Image source: Public domain)

 

 

Ex-FBI lawyer Lisa Page failed to show up after she was subpoenaed to appear before Congress, and to no one's surprise, Donald Trump was quick to blast her publicly in a tweet. 

Page and FBI agent Peter Strzok were subpoenaed to appear before Congress regarding the texts they exchanged mentioning Trump in 2016. He had indicated that Trump wouldn't be elected if there was anything they could do to stop it. Trump and others in the GOP used that to show that the FBI was on a "witch hunt" with regards to looking for collusion between Trump's campaign and Russia.

 

"Ex-FBI LAYER [sic] Lisa Page today defied a House of Representatives issued Subpoena to testify before Congress!" the president tweeted after she didn't show up. "Wow, but is anybody really surprised!" 

He continued slamming her, tweeting, "Together with her lover, FBI Agent Peter Strzok, she worked on the Rigged Witch Hunt, perhaps the most tainted and corrupt case EVER!'

 

He wasn't alone in his attack. House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) issued the subpoena for her to appear and went on to attack her for not showing up.  

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) threatened to hold Page in contempt of Congress because he was "very disturbed" at her absence.

 

"If she wants to come plead the Fifth, that's her choice," he offered. "But a subpoena to testify before Congress is not optional. It's mandatory. She needs to comply." 

Amy Jeffress, Page's lawyer, pointed to a failure of the committee to disclose what the interview questions would center on as well as the documents they had as the reason she  ultimately didn't appear. She promised once these things were disclosed, Page would testify.

 

"Through her actions and words, Lisa had made it abundantly clear that she will cooperate with this investigation," said Jeffress in a statement. "We are working to arrange that process quickly so that we can move forward with her appearance before the Committees." 

"How can the Rigged Witch Hunt proceed when it was started, influenced and worked on, for an extended period of time, by former FBI Agent/Lover Peter Strzok?" questioned yet another tweet by the president. "Read his hate filled and totally biased Emails and the answer is clear!"

 

Page and Strzok's conversation that has come to light gave Trump and others hope that they could gather enough evidence to show an FBI bias to make the entire Russia investigation go away, by showing that at its very start, two of the principals had bias against Trump. 

Strzok was due to appear before Congress on Thursday to answer to how he was able to fulfill his duties in the Russia investigation, despite having this bias against Trump.

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