House panel subpoenas ex-FBI lawyer Page for interview

J. Scott Applewhite  AP

Page's lawyer says she didn't have enough time to prepare and had asked the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform Committees to schedule another date.

If Page doesn't agree to either of these options, the chairmen of the two panels, Judiciary's Bob Goodlatte and Oversight's Trey Gowdy, told her lawyer that she would face contempt of Congress proceedings.

Jeffress said she received a message from the Department of Justice at 11 p.m. on Tuesday night granting Page's request to review documents related to the investigation. 'She was a part of a mess that they have uncovered over at DOJ.

Republican lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee are now weighing whether to pursue contempt measures against Page, who first came to their attention over a series of anti-Trump text messages she exchanged with Peter Strzok, then a top Federal Bureau of Investigation counterterrorism official, with whom she was having an affair. Strzok was removed from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe earlier this year after his texts were revealed.

"She's known for about seven months", said Goodlatte, a Republican from Virginia.

Strzok, meanwhle, is scheduled for a hearing on Thursday, after previously having a lengthy private meeting in June.

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.

Aiming to discredit the probe, Trump and supporters in Congress have charged that Mueller's team is stacked with Democrats and that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has been opposed to him.

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Trump said Khan had done "a very bad job on terrorism" and said he had "not been hospitable to a government that is very important".

"This investigation is a political charade-a platform to elevate far-right conspiracy theories and undermine the Special Counsel's ongoing criminal investigation of the President and his campaign aides, which has already produced five guilty pleas and criminal charges against 23 individuals and entities", said Representative Jerrold Nadler, the Ranking Member of the Committee on the Judiciary.

As the committees have investigated bias at the Justice Department, they have focused much of their ire on Strzok.

The two exchanged text messages saying "we'll stop" a Trump presidency, a report by the FBI Inspector General found.

Strzok had a leading role in the Clinton probe and was removed from the Mueller investigation after the texts were discovered a year ago.

Strzok was removed from Mueller's team when the texts were discovered previous year.

Ryan, asked about Page's decision not to testify Wednesday, said, "I am very disturbed by this".

"Together with her lover, FBI Agent Peter Strzok, she worked on the Rigged Witch Hunt, perhaps the most tainted and corrupt case EVER!" wrote the U.S. President.

House Republicans have been nevertheless aggressively pushing for interviews - including by serving Strzok with a subpoena for public testimony Thursday after declining to release a transcript of his closed-door testimony last month as his lawyer and Democrats demanded.

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