Two House panels are set to interview former Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer Lisa Page in a closed door meeting.
Goodlatte said he will use "all tools at our disposal", which includes a referral for charges of contempt of Congress, to get Page's testimony, but could also mean he'll only reschedule the questioning. Trump tweeted. "Wow, but is anybody really surprised!"
There was, however, one crucial document Page lacked before her planned appearance-the testimony of Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Peter Strzok.
Congressional investigators were set for a private interview with Page on Wednesday, but her attorney said Tuesday she did not have time to prepare and would not appear.
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. "All she is asking is to be treated as other witnesses have under the committees' own rules", Jeffress said.More news: Trump says he still has 'Rocket Man' CD for Kim Jong Un
Mr. Strzok, who was briefly part of Mr. Mueller's team, made national headlines late a year ago when texts sent to his lover, former Federal Bureau of Investigation attorney Lisa Page, were made public.
The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the subpoena isn't public.
Indeed, as early as December 19, Goodlatte and oversight committee chair Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, asking the Justice Department to make Page available for an interview.
"As a result, Lisa is not going to appear for an interview at this time", Jeffress in a statement.
Goodlatte said that he doesn't buy Page's claim that she couldn't sufficiently prepare, noting the committees informed Page in December they would seek to speak to her.More news: Boys Have Been Rescued From Thailand Cave
Jeffress said in a statement prior to the contempt threat 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. She was expected to appear before the Judiciary and Oversight Committees on Wednesday, Fox News reported Monday.
The president has repeatedly painted Mueller's investigation as a tainted witch-hunt led by Democrats. 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 Judiciary and Oversight panels have already spent much of the summer holding hearings and interviews critical of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department. The texts disparaged President Trump, calling him an "idiot" and "loathsome". Trump wrote that Page is an "Ex-FBI LAYER", which is not a thing.
Strzok was interviewed in closed session with lawmakers for 11 hours last month and his lawyer has asked the transcript be made public.
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