Speaker Ryan issues warning to ex-FBI lawyer defying subpoena

Peter Strzok and Lisa Page

Peter Strzok and Lisa Page

President Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday about former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Lisa Page's to testify before Congress.

Updated 10:33 a.m. | The attorney for former Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer Lisa Page, who refused to testify Wednesday before the House Judiciary Committee, said her client plans to testify and that the committee's "bullying tactics" are unnecessary.

Two former Federal Bureau of Investigation officials who worked on the Russian Federation probe may be getting "cold feet" ahead of planned appearances on Capitol Hill this week, US President Donald Trump claimed in a tweet on Tuesday. President Trump has seized on the Strzok and Page's texts to denounce the Mueller probe as nothing more than a "witch hunt".

Page, whose 2016 anti-Trump text messages with Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Peter Strzok have become the stuff of conspiratorial Republican hysteria, defied a Judiciary Committee subpoena to testify in a closed-door setting before the committees on Wednesday.

In one message on August 8, 2016, Strzok reassured Page that she needn't worry about Trump winning the White House.

"Lisa and I went to the Federal Bureau of Investigation today to review the materials that were previously produced to Congress relating to her proposed interview, but after waiting for more than three hours, we were not provided with any documents", Jeffress said.

Page's decision is sure to provoke Congress' ire and the committee could move to hold her in contempt of Congress.

"Ex-FBI LAYER Lisa Page today defied a House of Representatives issued Subpoena to testify before Congress!" wrote Trump. "She has an obligation to come and testify".

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Even several committee Republicans don't expect that Page will seriously consider taking up the offer for her to appear at the hearing Thursday, to be questioned alongside Strzok. "We expect them to agree to another date so that Lisa can appear before the committees in the near future", Jeffress said in the statement. "Congressional subpoenas for testimony are not optional".

Page was schedule to testify before Congress Wednesday.

Page was subpoenaed to provide a deposition behind closed doors on Wednesday, but she didn't appear under Jeffress's advice.

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., speaks following a House Republican Conference meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 11.

"The Committees would be asking Lisa about materials she has not yet been shown", the lawyer continued. Following that report and the firing of Comey by Trump, the Department of Justice Inspector General launched an investigation.

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.

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.

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