Ryan issues warning to ex-FBI lawyer defying subpoena

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In a statement, Amy Jeffress said her client did not have enough time to prepare and had asked the the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform Committees to schedule another date. "In fact, Lisa and I went to the Federal Bureau of Investigation today to review the materials that were previously produced to Congress relating to her proposed interview, but after waiting for more than three hours, we were not provided with any documents". She was expected to answer questions about her relationship with FBI Agent Peter Strzok and a series of text messages from 2016 about stopping Donald Trump from winning the White House.

Page, who worked for Andrew McCabe when he was Federal Bureau of Investigation deputy director and briefly served on special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's team, "was part of the mess that we've uncovered over at DOJ", Ryan said.

"So that's why we sent the marshals to her house, to serve the subpoena", the Virginia Republican said.

"After months of trying to secure her appearance, the committees scheduled her deposition for July 11, 2018".

"Congressional subpoenas for testimony are not optional", House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) said Wednesday, promising that "we will do what we need to do to protect this branch of government". She plans to blatantly defy a congressional subpoena by refusing to appear for her deposition. If the full House does vote to hold someone in contempt, the matter then moves to the courts, where it has often stalled.

The Judiciary and Oversight panels have already spent much of the summer holding hearings and interviews critical of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department.

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.

The president has repeatedly painted Mueller's investigation as a tainted witch-hunt led by Democrats. The investigation is looking at Russian ties to Trump's campaign and whether Trump obstructed justice.

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The committee had scheduled Page's closed-door testimony one day before Strzok is set to testify publicly before the Judiciary and Oversight committees. Page resigned from the FBI in May but Strzok remains working for the bureau in a new capacity.

"It appears that Lisa Page has something to hide", he said. Trump tweeted. "Wow, but is anybody really surprised!"

"How can the Rigged Witch Hunt proceed when it was started, influenced and worked on, for an extended period of time, by former FBI Agent/Lover Peter Strzok?". President Trump has seized on the Strzok and Page's texts to denounce the Mueller probe as nothing more than a "witch hunt".

"Instead of responding to our requests to explain the scope of the interview and provide sufficient notice to allow her to prepare, the Committees chose to issue a subpoena", Page's attorney wrote.

Republicans have said they disagree with that conclusion, which will likely be a significant focus of Thursday's public hearing.

Most recently, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein fended off such accusations from top Republican Reps.

House Republicans have engaged in a war of words and threats against the Justice Department for withholding information about the Trump-Russia investigation.

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