Lisa Page, the infamous FBI lawyer who spent months commiserating with her lover, counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok, about the prospect of Donald Trump becoming president, has apparently ignored a Congressional subpoena and could be held in contempt as early as Friday, according to reports.
This statement from Lisa Page's attorneys could've been better summed up in one short sentence: "We're choosing to ignore a Congressional subpoena"
— Mark Meadows (@MarkMeadows) July 11, 2018
Page and Strzok are best known for, not only potentially conspiring about a supposed “insurance policy” when it came to the 2016 election, but also for their illicit affair, which led Page to say the following about why she and her paramour used their work phones to communicate:
Deep within the report released Thursday from the inspector general for the Justice Department is the answer to a question that’s been floating around for six months: Why did Lisa Page and Peter Strzok, two officials with the FBI, engage in a months-long conversation disparaging 2016 presidential candidates and discussing FBI cases from their work cellphones?
Page explained to investigators that the reason was a personal one: “[T]he predominant reason that we communicated on our work phones was because we were trying to keep our affair a secret from our spouses.”
It’s hard to feel sorry for Ms. Page given that kind of willingness to sneak around when she cries foul about having to answer for her role in the misdoings of the FBI and the DOJ as it relates to the 2016 election. Strzok, as is now well known, was a part of both the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email server and the investigation into possible Russian interference. And there have been questions ever since the House began looking at that weird, sensational dossier that led to questions about abuses at the secret FISA court and just how far up the chain the Trump disdain went.
CNN is reporting Page has been given a few options since she failed to appear for her hearing today.
Republicans on Capitol Hill say they’re considering holding former FBI lawyer Lisa Page in contempt after she did not appear for an interview Wednesday under subpoena, but her lawyer maintains she’s more than willing to cooperate and House leaders have resorted to “bullying” tactics.House Speaker Paul Ryan said Wednesday he was “very disturbed” by Page’s refusal to show up and indicated he is willing to hold her in contempt of Congress.“She was a part of the mess that we uncovered over at DOJ,” said Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican. “She has an obligation to come and testify. If she wants to come plead the Fifth that’s her choice, but a subpoena to testify before Congress is not optional, it’s mandatory. We will do what we need to do to protect this branch of government.”A handful of House Judiciary and House Oversight committee members gathered an hour after Page’s interview was scheduled to start to discuss next steps.After the meeting, conservative House Freedom Caucus leader Rep. Mark Meadows, a North Carolina Republican, said that the committee planned to give Page two options to comply with the subpoena: Appear for a closed-door interview later this week or testify alongside FBI agent Peter Strzok at a public hearing scheduled for Thursday.House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte confirmed in an interview on Fox News that Page has been given those options to appear this week, but if she doesn’t, she could be held in contempt as soon as Friday.
For his part, her lover, Strzok, will testify in a public hearing Thursday before Congress. Perhaps whatever comes out of that testimony will compel Ms. Page to take her own subpoena seriously.