WASHINGTON – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte slammed FBI attorney Lisa Page for saying she will not comply with a subpoena that requested her appearance for a closed-door deposition.
“It appears that Lisa Page has something to hide,” Goodlatte (R-Va.) said in a statement on Tuesday evening. “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.”
Goodlatte added: “We will use all tools at our disposal to obtain her testimony. 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.”
Page’s attorney, Amy Jeffress, notified the committee on Tuesday that her client would not appear because requested documents were not provided.
“Lisa and I went to the FBI 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 obtained by CNN. “We have asked the Committees to schedule another date that would allow sufficient time for her to prepare. The Committees have not honored this request. As a result, Lisa is not going to appear for an interview at this time.”
The subpoena requests Page’s appearance before a joint panel of the House Judiciary Committee and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee later this morning. Her refusal to appear could result in a contempt citation.
Page and fellow agent Peter Strzok exchanged text messages in which Strzok said they would stop Donald Trump from being elected president, according to a DoJ IG report that was released last month.
“[Trump’s] not ever going to become president, right?” Page wrote to Sztrok on Aug. 8, 2016.
“No he won’t. We’ll stop it,” Strzok replied.
The agents, who were dating at the time although both were married, were dismissed from Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigative team last year after it was discovered they had exchanged anti-Trump texts. Strzok was a lead investigator in the Clinton email probe.
The text messages were provided to Congress in February and have become the focus of Republican claims of political bias at the FBI and DoJ, but these latest messages were not part of that package sent to Congress. They were provided to Attorney General Jeff Sessions several days before the IG report was released.