Page, who has been under fire for exchanging anti-Trump text messages with Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Peter Strzok during the 2016 presidential election, was subpoenaed by House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, according to reports.
The House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform Committees are investigating whether there was bias in FBI and DOJ investigations into Hillary Clinton's email server and Russian meddling in the presidential election.
Congressional investigators were set for a private interview with Page on Wednesday, but her attorney said Tuesday she did not have time to prepare and would not appear. Jeffress added that Page received word from the Justice Department only "after 11 pm" Tuesday that she would have access to the documents she needed for Wednesday's interview. "Together with her lover, FBI Agent Peter Strzok, she worked on the Rigged Witch Hunt, perhaps the most tainted and corrupt case EVER!" But her lawyer, Amy Jeffress, pushed back, arguing in a statement that Page needed "clarification of the scope of the Committee's interest in interviewing her and access to relevant documents" before she sat for an interview with the panels. "All she is asking is to be treated as other witnesses have under the committees' own rules", Jeffress said.
He is scheduled to appear again in a public hearing Thursday morning.
"As a result", he concluded, "Lisa is not going to appear for an interview at this time".
Goodlatte said that he doesn't buy Page's claim that she couldn't sufficiently prepare, noting the committees informed Page in December they would seek to speak to her.
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"Ex-FBI LAYER Lisa Page today defied a House of Representatives issued Subpoena to testify before Congress!" One of the messages included a reference of stopping Trump for winning the election, but the Justice Department Inspector General's report released last month found no bias existed.
In response, House Judiciary Chairman Robert Goodlatte said Page has known for months about an interview, and the committee will use "all tools at our disposal" to obtain it. Democrats have strongly objected to the GOP-led investigation, saying it is an attempt to undermine Mueller's probe and sway public opinion against investigators. The pair exchanged texts sharply critical of Donald Trump when he was running for president in 2016.
In one message on August 8, 2016, Strzok reassured Page that she needn't worry about Trump winning the White House.
Strzok, meanwhle, is scheduled for a hearing on Thursday, after previously having a lengthy private meeting in June.
"Americans across the country are alarmed at the bias exhibited by top officials at the Justice Department and FBI", Goodlatte said.
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.