"Ex-FBI LAYER [sic] Lisa Page today defied a House of Representatives issued Subpoena to testify before Congress!"
House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte confirmed in an interview on Fox News that Page has been given those options to appear this week, but if she doesn't, she could be held in contempt as soon as Friday. Trump tweeted. "Wow, but is anybody really surprised! Together with her lover, FBI Agent Peter Strzok, she worked on the Rigged Witch Hunt, perhaps the most tainted and corrupt case EVER!"
Ms. Page was scheduled to testify on Wednesday before the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees.
The 11-hour-long meeting with Strzok was part of Congressional Republicans' skepticism for the FBI's past investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server and the current Mueller probe that has targeted several of Trump's former campaign or administration officials. She mentions a referral sent to the FBI by several GOP lawmakers in April that recommends a criminal investigation of several current and former DOJ employees, including Page.
Republicans did, however, ask 25 questions about Strzok's affair with Lisa Page, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer who Strzok exchanged inappropriate text messages with about then-candidate Trump.
The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the subpoena isn't public. A recent Justice Department Inspector General report discussed the text messages, acknowledging that they were evidence of political bias, but only showed concern that Strzok may have been willing to act on that bias while carrying out official duties. Because they would not, "Lisa is not going to appear for an interview at this time", Amy Jeffress said in a statement Tuesday evening.
"She has been in complete defiance of cooperation with the House Judiciary Committee and the Oversight and Government committee for seven months now", Goodlatte said. Jerry Nadler, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, said the threat of holding Page in contempt was a "charade", arguing there was no reason why she couldn't review the documents and come in for an interview next week.
"Americans across the country are alarmed at the bias exhibited by top officials at the Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation, and it is imperative Congress conduct vigorous oversight to ensure that never happens again". Both were removed from the Mueller probe past year after the Justice Department's internal watchdog made the special counsel aware of the anti-Trump messages.
Trump torched Page and Strzok on Tuesday while aboard Air Force One headed to Brussels. Trump tweeted late Wednesday.
He testified behind closed doors last month, and his attorney has also clashed with Republicans on the two committees, accusing them of mischaracterizing Strzok's testimony and then refusing to release the transcript of his interview.
Federal Bureau of Investigation director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein have rejected suggestions of bias against Trump, and have assured Congress that Mueller is conducting his probe appropriately.