The attorney for former FBI lawyer Lisa Page countered House Republicans’ uproar over her client’s refusal to comply with the House Judiciary Committee’s subpoena to testify, calling their “bullying tactics” “unnecessary.”
“There is no basis for claims that Lisa has anything to hide or is unwilling to testify. The record shows otherwise,” Page’s attorney Amy Jeffress said in a statement Wednesday. “Lisa has already cooperated with multiple investigations underway in Congress and at the Department of Justice. She provided more than 36 hours of testimony to DOJ’s Office of Inspector General and has cooperated fully with another congressional committee.”
Jeffress said in a statement Tuesday night that Page would not comply with the GOP’s subpoena to testify on Wednesday because lawmakers had failed to provide Page with enough information on their intended scope of questioning and the FBI had declined to share crucial documents with Page, according to Politico.
Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee responded to the refusal with suspicion on Tuesday evening, with Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) suggesting Page “has something to hide” and House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-NC) calling her refusal “indefensible.”
In her statement on Wednesday, Jeffress said Page has every intention of cooperating with the investigation, but that her client requests to “be treated as other witnesses have under the Committees’ own rules.”
“She has offered to voluntarily appear before the Committees later this month,” Jeffress said. “She simply needs clarification of the scope of the Committee’s interest in interviewing her and access to relevant documents so that she can provide complete and accurate testimony.”
Jeffress said she received word from the Justice Department late Tuesday night that they had granted her request to “review the relevant documents.”
“We are working to arrange that process quickly so that we can move forward with her appearance before the Committees,” she said.
Page and her anti-Trump texts with another FBI official, Peter Strozk, are at the heart of Republican hysteria over what they claim is political bias at the center of the Russia probe. Strzok has already sat for 11 hours worth of closed door interviews with the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees.
While Strzok did eventually work as an investigator in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe — and was removed from the investigation once Mueller found the messages — he was working on the Hillary Clinton email probe at the time he sent the texts to Page about stopping Trump from becoming President.