President Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday about former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Lisa Page's to testify before Congress.
Lisa Page - whose affair with FBI agent Peter Strzok has led Trump to dub the pair the "FBI lovers" - was due to give a deposition before the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees Wednesday over her role in those investigations. Page and Strzok both worked on the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails and later special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation. Both were removed from the Mueller probe past year after the Justice Department's internal watchdog made the special counsel aware of the anti-Trump messages.
Though Strzok and Page's texts are now the stuff of legend, Page's lawyer said that she is defying the subpoena because she didn't have the chance to review the documents presented to Congress, including those texts, CNN reports.
Page later left the Federal Bureau of Investigation but Strzok remains.
There was, however, one crucial document Page lacked before her planned appearance-the testimony of Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Peter Strzok. She was expected to appear before the Judiciary and Oversight Committees on Wednesday, Fox News reported Monday.
"So that's why we sent the marshals to her house, to serve the subpoena", the Virginia Republican said.
"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.
Ryan, asked about Page's decision not to testify Wednesday, said, "I am very disturbed by this". But a subpoena to testify before Congress is not optional.
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Republicans have said they disagree with that conclusion, which will likely be a significant focus of Thursday's public hearing.
"She has known for months that the House judiciary committee has sought her testimony", he said in a July 10 statement, adding, "She has no excuse for her failure to appear".
The two exchanged text messages saying "we'll stop" a Trump presidency, a report by the FBI Inspector General found.
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. Page resigned from the FBI in May but Strzok remains working for the bureau in a new capacity. The texts disparaged President Trump, calling him an "idiot" and "loathsome".
He testified behind closed doors last month, and his attorney has also clashed with Republicans on the two committees, accusing them of mischaracterizing Strzok's testimony and then refusing to release the transcript of his interview.
The committee had scheduled Page's closed-door testimony one day before Strzok is set to testify publicly before the Judiciary and Oversight committees.
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.