Rep. Doug Collins: What Is Lisa Page Hiding?

Rep. Doug Collins: What Is Lisa Page Hiding?

President Donald Trump attacked a former FBI lawyer on Wednesday after she failed to testify on allegations of anti-Trump bias in the FBI's investigation of him.

House Republicans have told former Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer Lisa Page that she must answer questions before two House committees investigating the Justice Department this week or they will begin the process of holding her in contempt of Congress.

The two agents, who were having an extra marital affair, were members of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation, which Trump routinely refers to as a 'witch hunt, ' and examining both Russia's role in the 2016 election along with being part of probe into Hillary Clinton's email server.

Strzok and Page worked on special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, but Strzok was removed when the texts were discovered a year ago.

Strzok, who has already spoken to the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees behind closed doors, is expected to testify publicly before the panels Thursday.

While Strzok was faulted for his political bias in an inspector general report on the Clinton investigation, his attorney has argued that the inspector general also found that the investigative decisions in that probe were unaffected.

"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.

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Trump tweeted Wednesday: "Ex-FBI LAYER Lisa Page today defied a House of Representatives issued Subpoena to testify before Congress!"

"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".

Even several committee Republicans don't expect that Page will seriously consider taking up the offer for her to appear at the hearing Thursday, to be questioned alongside Strzok. "It can't require that you answer because you have the right to remain silent", the Fox News senior judicial analyst said.

It's unclear if GOP lawmakers will actually hold a contempt vote if Page continues to defy the subpoena.

"If she wants to come plead the Fifth, that's her choice".

A report by the Justice Department's internal watchdog released last month detailed the inflammatory texts between the two, including an exchange in which Strzok wrote "we'll stop it" in reference to a potential Trump election win.

But her lawyer Amy Jeffress said in a statement that Page could not appear without first having access to Federal Bureau of Investigation documents that the committees already possessed, and that they had ignored her efforts to find a later date for the deposition. Page had already left the team.

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