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.
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.
If Page doesn't agree to either of these options, the chairmen of the two panels, Judiciary's Bob Goodlatte and Oversight's Trey Gowdy, told her lawyer that she would face contempt of Congress proceedings.
"She was a part of the mess that we uncovered over at DOJ", said Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican. "They had to go back three times before they were finally able to reach her".
House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., speaks following a House Republican Conference meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 11.
But her lawyer said Page will testify at some point.
Jeffress said in her Wednesday statement that Page has already offered 36 hours of testimony to the Justice Department's inspector general's office. But a subpoena to testify before Congress is not optional.
"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!"
Republicans are still trying to talk with Page.
Lisa Page, pictured in January, was due to be interviewed by two House committees Wednesday. "I think it's very important for her to understand that she should comply with it now before she's held in contempt of Congress, which could happen as soon as Friday". What are you hiding, Miss Page?
Similarly, Florida Rep. Ron DeSantis called Page's unwillingness to testify "pathetic". 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.
"One set of rules for regular Americans, a different set for the Swamp!"
During 2016, Page and Strzok were having an affair while they were both involved in the politically charged investigation of Clinton, Trump's Democratic election rival, for misuse of classified materials on her private email server.
Trump has seized on Page and Strzok's inflammatory texts, which were detailed in a report by the Justice Department's internal watchdog last month, to paint the FBI and Mueller's investigation as biased.
"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".