Republicans demand interview with ex-FBI lawyer this week

Peter Strzok and Lisa Page

Minutes before he leveled his attack on Twitter against Strzok, the president also tore into Page for her reported plans to defy a subpoena from the House Judiciary Committee.

Page's attorney said late Tuesday that she would not appear for a private interview Wednesday with the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees, despite a subpoena.

Lisa Page and Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Peter Strzok made national headlines earlier this year following the release of their private text conversations; illustrating widespread anti-Trump political bias throughout the Department of Justice.

Strzok will testify publicly before the committees on Thursday.

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., a member of the Oversight Committee, said Page's action was "indefensible".

"How can the Rigged Witch Hunt proceed when it was started, influenced and worked on, for an extended period of time, by former FBI Agent/Lover Peter Strzok?". Her lawyer, Amy Jeffress, said in a statement that they are "still waiting to work out a reasonable date" for the interview.

Republican lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee are now weighing whether to pursue contempt measures against Page, who first came to their attention over a series of anti-Trump text messages she exchanged with Peter Strzok, then a top Federal Bureau of Investigation counterterrorism official, with whom she was having an affair.

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"The Committees have not honored this request", Jeffress said.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) was displeased by the letter from Page's lawyer.

Democrats did not say what Strzok's responses to any of the questions were, but they did call for the full transcript of the meeting to be released by Republicans.

After the Clinton probe ended and Trump won the election, both Strzok and Page joined, for a short time, the investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into possible collusion with Russian Federation by the Trump campaign, as well as possible obstruction of justice. The committees have focused much of their ire on Strzok, who was interviewed privately by lawmakers on the two committees for 11 hours last month.

The first big case on Mueller's agenda comes later this month with his indictment Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort on an array of charges including money laundering, bank fraud, tax evasion, failure to improperly register as an agent of a foreign government and witness tampering.

He is scheduled to appear again in a public hearing Thursday morning. Page left it voluntarily shortly after she joined the team and eventually left the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Michael Flynn, who briefly served as Trump's national security advisor, pleaded guilty to lying to investigators.

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