President Donald Trump attacked a former FBI lawyer on Wednesday after she failed to testify on allegations of anti-Trump bias in the FBI's investigation of him.
Former FBI agent Lisa Page is defying a congressional subpoena and will not appear before a closed-door session of the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.
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.
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.
Page's attorney said Tuesday that she wouldn't appear for a private interview Wednesday with the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees, despite a subpoena.
Lisa Page has ignored a subpoena from Congressional investigators who have abandoned the Russian Federation investigation and pivoted to investigating the FBI instead. She suggested on Monday that it was still unclear whether Page would appear, saying in a statement that they were "still waiting to work out a reasonable date" for the interview and waiting on documents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation to prepare.
"This is the Federal Bureau of Investigation we're talking about - that is treason", Trump said. "That is a treasonous act".
"All she is asking is to be treated as other witnesses have under the Committees' own rules", said her attorney, Amy Jeffress, in a statement to CNN.
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Jim Renacci, who is a Republican candidate for Senate against Brown, posted a statement on Twitter congratulating Wheeler. While there, one of his main clients was Murray Energy, the largest privately-held coal mining company in the U.S.
"It appears that Lisa Page has something to hide", Goodlatte said.
Judiciary committee chair Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) didn't buy it.
Strzok is scheduled to appear for a public hearing later this week, according to reports.
In a statement, Mr. Goodlatte, Virginia Republican, said Ms. Page "has no excuse" for her failure to appear, saying she has known for months the two committees were interested in her testimony. But a subpoena to testify before Congress is not optional.
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. When he returns to Capitol Hill for Thursday's hearing he will be speaking publicly about the messages for the first time. 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. "Total disgrace!" the president tweeted Monday.
Most recently, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein fended off such accusations from top Republican Reps.
Strzok was already interviewed privately by lawmakers on the two committees for 11 hours June 27.
House Republicans have engaged in a war of words and threats against the Justice Department for withholding information about the Trump-Russia investigation.