Rep. Doug Collins: What Is Lisa Page Hiding?

Rep. Doug Collins: What Is Lisa Page Hiding?

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.

"We will use all tools at our disposal to obtain her testimony", the Virginia Republican said. She plans to blatantly defy a congressional subpoena by refusing to appear for her deposition.

A report from the Department of Justice Inspector General examined the texts between the two agents as part of its overall look at the Russian Federation probe and concluded there was no political motivation in any of the actions taken by investigators. In June, Justice Department Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz, who conducted a review into the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, said that the text between Page and Strzok "potentially indicated or created the appearance that investigative decisions were impacted by bias or improper considerations" but concluded any anti-Trump bias had no significant impact on decisions in the Clinton email investigation.

House Republicans have suggested the Federal Bureau of Investigation was conspiring against Trump during and after his presidential campaign, and the two committees are investigating decisions made by the agency and the Justice Department during the 2016 presidential election.

The president has repeatedly painted Mueller's investigation as a tainted witch-hunt led by Democrats.

Two congressional sources said a committee vote to hold Page in contempt could be held on Friday, which would set the stage for a full House vote next week.

"The Committees would be asking Lisa about materials she has not yet been shown", the lawyer continued.

It is unclear if Page will appear.

Lisa Page today defied a House of Representatives issued Subpoena to testify before Congress!

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Jeffress added that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had not given her and Page the necessary materials to prepare for her hearing, saying the two had gone to the Federal Bureau of Investigation to review the materials, "but after waiting for more than three hours, we were not provided with any documents".

Judiciary committee chair Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) didn't buy it.

Jeffress also wanted the committees to "explain the scope of the investigation", but Goodlatte and Gowdy had done so in October.

"Americans across the country are alarmed at the bias exhibited by top officials at the Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation, and it is imperative Congress conduct vigorous oversight to ensure that never happens again".

Strzok was questioned for 11 hours over his role and alleged bias in a closed hearing of the two committees two weeks ago. When he returns to Capitol Hill for Thursday's hearing he will be speaking publicly about the messages for the first time.

Mueller, a Republican, removed Strzok from the inquiry when he learned about the text exchanges and Page has left the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Page and fellow Federal Bureau of Investigation employee Peter Strzok were involved in an extramarital affair.

A report by the Justice Department's internal watchdog released last month detailed the inflammatory texts between the two, including an exchange in which Strzok wrote "we'll stop it" in reference to a potential Trump election win.

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