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Page's Attorney Slams House Republicans' 'Bullying Tactics'

12 July 2018

House Republican leaders strongly suggested they would seek punitive measures against former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, a key witness in their reviews of the bureau's probes into Hillary Clinton's emails and President Trump's suspected Russian Federation ties, after she refused to appear Wednesday under a summons for an interview with two congressional committees.

Two House panels are set to interview former Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer Lisa Page in a closed door meeting.

Trump tweeted Wednesday: "Ex-FBI LAYER Lisa Page today defied a House of Representatives issued Subpoena to testify before Congress!" "Congressional subpoenas for testimony are not optional".

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"There is no basis for claims that Lisa has anything to hide or is unwilling to testify", she said, adding that the Oversight and Judiciary committees' "bullying tactics here are unnecessary".

"She could go to jail if they really want to press it for blowing off", Napolitano said.

Page's attorney said that she and Page did not have enough time to prepare for the meeting, and that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was less than accommodating when they went to go over materials had been given to Congress. "It's mandatory. She needs to comply", Ryan said after a regular House GOP conference meeting. She was expected to answer questions about her relationship with FBI Agent Peter Strzok and a series of text messages from 2016 about stopping Donald Trump from winning the White House.

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House Speaker Paul Ryan said Wednesday he was "very disturbed" by Page's refusal to show up and indicated he is willing to hold her in contempt of Congress. He said they were getting "cold feet" about testifying about what he called the "Rigged Witch Hunt" against him.

"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. "The record shows otherwise", Jeffress said in the statement, stressing that Page had already cooperated with the inspector general's probe and one other congressional panel. Trump tweeted. "Read his hate filled and totally biased Emails and the answer is clear!" "Right?!" Page wrote to Strzok. The committees have focused much of their ire on Strzok, who was interviewed privately by lawmakers on the two committees for 11 hours last month.

Page later left the Federal Bureau of Investigation but Strzok remains.

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Page's Attorney Slams House Republicans' 'Bullying Tactics'