House Speaker Paul Ryan says he's "disturbed" by former Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer Lisa Page's decision not to comply with a subpoena to be interviewed by two House committees behind closed doors Wednesday.
Other GOP members of the Judiciary Committee slammed Page's refusal to appear, with Ron DeSantis of Florida calling it "pathetic" and Jim Jordan of OH said she was "once again showing the double standard".
"We asked the committee staff to explain the scope of the investigation and provide sufficient notice that would allow her to prepare, which are normal conditions for congressional committees, but these committees have not followed the normal process", Jeffress said.
House Speaker Paul Ryan said he was willing to hold her in contempt.
Page was schedule to testify before Congress Wednesday. Ryan and others have threatened contempt several times over the past year as other witnesses have defied subpoenas in the House intelligence committee's now-closed Russian Federation investigation and as the Justice Department has withheld documents, but they have yet to hold a vote on it.
A report by the Justice Department's internal watchdog released last month detailed the texts between the two, including an exchange in which Strzok said, "we'll stop it", in reference to a potential Trump election win.
The summary said Republicans asked questions like, "I don't mean to embarrass you, but is Lisa Page someone that you do or at some point in time did love?" and, "So what I'm trying to establish through all of that is, was Lisa Page someone that you cared about deeply at the time you were sending these messages?"
"She was a part of the mess that we uncovered over at DOJ", said Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) was displeased by the letter from Page's lawyer.
Trump tweeted Wednesday: "Ex-FBI LAYER Lisa Page today defied a House of Representatives issued Subpoena to testify before Congress!" Read his hate filled and totally biased Emails and the answer is clear! The report did not find that the conclusions in the Clinton investigation were tainted by political bias.
Strzok was removed from Mueller's team when the texts were discovered previous year. Page had already left the Mueller team. When he returns to Capitol Hill for Thursday's hearing he will be speaking publicly about the messages for the first time.
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