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Lisa Page will not appear for Capitol Hill interview despite subpoena, attorney says
Two ranking House Democrats on Wednesday demanded lawmakers release the full, unreacted testimony of anti-Trump FBI agent Peter Strzok, claiming Republicans used the deposition to obstruct special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian collusion in the 2016 election.
Strzok is set to testify before the Judiciary Committee and the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee on Thursday.
But her lawyer said Page will testify at some point.
'Congressional subpoenas for testimony are not optional, ' he said. "She has an obligation to come and testify".
He added: 'If she wants to come plead the Fifth, that's her choice. But a subpoena to testify before Congress is not optional.
House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., speaks following a House Republican Conference meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 11. She and Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Peter Strzok, who is set to testify publicly before the committees Thursday, exchanged disparaging text messages about then-candidate Donald Trump throughout the 2016 campaign.
Strzok was having an extramarital affair with Page during the case and was also subpoenaed by congressional investigators following the discovery of the anti-Trump text messages.
Page's lawyer Amy Jeffress told CBS News' Paula Reid that she and Page on Tuesday went to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, 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.
In a statement, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said: "It appears that Lisa Page has something to hide".
"All she is asking is to be treated as other witnesses have under the Committees" own rules, ' Jeffress said. Her attorney said Page hadn't been given enough information about the committees' intended line of questioning. President Trump continued in a subsequent tweet.
Page, who worked for Andrew McCabe when he was Federal Bureau of Investigation deputy director and briefly served on special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's team, "was part of the mess that we've uncovered over at DOJ", Ryan said.
He is scheduled to appear again in a public hearing Thursday morning. "We expect them to agree to another date so that Lisa can appear before the committees in the near future", Jeffress said in the statement.
In response, House Judiciary Chairman Robert Goodlatte said Page has known for months about an interview, and the committee will use "all tools at our disposal" to obtain it.
Strzok had a leading role in the Clinton probe and was removed from the Mueller investigation after the texts were discovered a year ago.
Mueller, a Republican, removed Strzok from the inquiry when he learned about the text exchanges and Page has left the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
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