President Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday about former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Lisa Page's to testify before Congress.
Anti-Trump FBI lawyer Lisa Page confirmed Wednesday her willingness to testify before Congressional leaders "later this month", facing heated questions over her politically biased text exchanges with DOJ official Peter Strzok.
Some former Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department officials say the tactics observed in recent months illustrate a clear desire by House Republicans to score political points instead of genuine fact-finding.
"Lisa Page is a key witness, and it is critical that she come before our committees to answer questions as part of our investigation", he said.
House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, who issued the subpoena for Page to be interviewed, said in a statement that she has known for months that the committee wants to speak with her and has "no excuse for her failure to appear". Trump tweeted. "Wow, but is anybody really surprised!" Trump tweeted late Wednesday. President Trump has seized on the Strzok and Page's texts to denounce the Mueller probe as nothing more than a "witch hunt".
House Republicans have suggested the Federal Bureau of Investigation was conspiring against Trump during and after his presidential campaign, and the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees are investigating the agency's actions.
In a letter to her lawyer Amy Jeffress, Goodlatte said she had a choice of appearing publicly along with Strzok in a hearing on Thursday, or accepting to be deposed privately on Friday at 10:00 am. "We are also aware of committee efforts to schedule your client's appearance for over six months now".
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"It appears that Lisa Page has something to hide".
She was expected to appear before the Judiciary and Oversight Committees on Wednesday, Fox News reported Monday. He said holding her in contempt was now on the table, but he hadn't made a "final decision" on next steps. "All she is asking is to be treated as other witnesses have under the committees' own rules", Jeffress said.
Text messages between the two that investigators found on Page's work cell phone included numerous derogatory references to Trump.
In a letter to the committees' chairmen, they said an inquiry originally billed as reviewing the investigation into Democrat Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server "has morphed into a partisan, abusive, and improper inquisition of Special Counsel Mueller's investigation of President Trump's campaign and its connections to Russian Federation". Page had already left that investigation by the time that happened.
The Judiciary Committee also held a contentious hearing June 28 with FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
"This is the Federal Bureau of Investigation we're talking about - that is treason", Trump said. "That is a treasonous act".
Strzok was questioned for 11 hours over his role and alleged bias in a closed hearing of the two committees two weeks ago.