Ex-FBI lawyer will not appear Wednesday before Congressional committee, attorney says

A general view of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) building in Washington, D.C., on May 9, 2017.


Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page‘s lawyer said in a statement Tuesday that she will not appear for an interview Wednesday with House Judiciary Committee and House Oversight Committee. Page’s lawyer said the committee issued the subpoena on Saturday, July 7, and will be asking her about material her lawyer says she has not yet been shown.

Page’s lawyer Amy Jeffress told CBS News’ Paula Reid that she and Page on Tuesday went to the FBI, her former employer, to review the materials that were sent to Congress, but they were not shown any documents after waiting more than three hours. 

Jeffress had previously told CBS News that neither committee has “followed the normal process” leading up to a voluntary appearance, and that the committees have also failed to explain the scope of the investigation.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Virginia, alleged in a statement Tuesday that Page of “blatantly” defying the subpoena, and accused of her of having “something to hide.” Goodlatte alleged that Page has known for months that the committee is interested in her testimony.

“Lisa Page is a key witness, and it is critical that she come before our committees to answer questions as part of our investigation,” Goodlatte said. 

Her former FBI colleague Peter Strzok is scheduled to testify Thursday before Congress on the Russia investigation.

Page at one point worked with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. She and Strzok, who was a special counsel investigator and worked on the Clinton email investigation, have been accused of sending anti-Trump text messages during the presidential campaign. Some of the texts have been released, including an exchanged where Strzok told Page “well stop” him from becoming president. 

President Trump tweeted Tuesday about Page’s possible appearance, writing that it would be a “total disgrace” if she and Strzok did not appear. 

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