LAWYER: ‘The Committees would be asking Lisa about materials she has not yet been shown…’
(The Hill) Former FBI attorney Lisa Page, whose text messages with FBI agent Peter Strzok became a flashpoint amid allegations of anti-Trump bias at the bureau, will not appear for interviews on Wednesday with House lawmakers, her lawyer said.
Page’s lawyer said in a statement obtained by Politico that she will not comply with a congressional subpoena to testify before the House Judiciary and the Oversight and Government Reform Committees.
“Instead of responding to our requests to explain the scope of the interview and provide sufficient notice to allow her to prepare, the Committees chose to issue a subpoena,” Page’s attorney wrote.
“The Committees would be asking Lisa about materials she has not yet been shown,” the lawyer continued. “As a result, Lisa is not going to appear for an interview at this time.”
LISA PAGE: The former FBI lawyer will *not* comply with a congressional subpoena to appear tomorrow before two House committees, her attorney says. The full statement: pic.twitter.com/pCBhfZEIZC
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) July 11, 2018
Republicans on the committees have honed in on texts between Page and Strzok that were critical of then-candidate Donald Trump as evidence of broader FBI bias against his campaign.
“It appears that Lisa Page has something to hide,” said Bob Goodlatte, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. “She plans to blatantly defy a congressional subpoena by refusing to appear for her deposition.
“She has known for months that the House Judiciary Committee has sought her testimony as part of our joint investigation with the Oversight Committee into decisions made by the Justice Department in 2016, and she has no excuse for her failure to appear. Lisa Page is a key witness, and it is critical that she come before our committees to answer questions as part of our investigation.”
Strzok is slated to appear in a public hearing on Thursday.
Page’s lawyer pushed back at the committee at the time the subpoena was issued, accusing the committees of providing insufficient notice that would allow her to prepare for the investigation
Goodlatte was having none of that argument.
““We will use all tools at our disposal to obtain her testimony,” he said. “Americans across the country are alarmed at the bias exhibited by top officials at the Justice Department and FBI, and it is imperative Congress conduct vigorous oversight to ensure that never happens again.”…Original Source…
Liberty Headlines editor Paul Chesser contributed.