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House Republicans to Question FBI Agent About Anti-Trump Texts

House Republicans to Question FBI Agent About Anti-Trump Texts

Peter Strzok and Lisa Page are due to appear before the House Judiciary Committee and House Oversight Committee, to answer questions about anti-Trump text messages they'd exchanged, which led to them being taken off the investigating team - but there have been conflicting reports about whether the pair will show up for the hearings. Page exchanged text messages critical of Donald Trump with Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Peter Strzok, who will testify publicly before the panel Thursday.

"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.

"We have asked the Committees to schedule another date that would allow sufficient time for her to prepare", the letter read.

"It appears that Lisa Page has something to hide". She is facing charges of contempt of Congress after failing to appear Wednesday for private meetings with the Judiciary and Oversight committees.

The House Judiciary Committee issued a subpoena for Page's testimony earlier this week.

"She was a part of the mess that we uncovered over at DOJ", said Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican.

He warned of unspecified action by the committees to force her to testify, leaving Page at potential risk of a contempt of Congress citation. If she wants to come and plead the Fifth, that's her choice. She plans to blatantly defy a congressional subpoena by refusing to appear for her deposition.

Strzok, who has already spoken to the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees behind closed doors, is expected to testify publicly before the panels Thursday.

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Page, who worked for Andrew McCabe when he was Federal Bureau of Investigation deputy director and briefly served on special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's team, "was part of the mess that we've uncovered over at DOJ", Ryan said.

He's also used Page and Strzok as a means to further his claims of a "Rigged Witch Hunt" against him.

"Public opinion has turned strongly against the Rigged Witch Hunt and the "Special" Counsel because the public understands that there was no Collusion with Russian Federation (so ridiculous), that the two Federal Bureau of Investigation lovers were a fraud against our Nation & that the only Collusion was with the Dems!" Total disgrace!,' Trump wrote on Twitter.

Indeed, as early as December 19, Goodlatte and oversight committee chair Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, asking the Justice Department to make Page available for an interview.

To keep Page in the dark about Strzok's testimony, Goodlatte may also try to postpone Strzok's appearance.

Page and Strzok tried to explain their texts away, saying their views didn't affect their work. Trump tweeted over the weekend.

The move by Page's attorney was a rare moment of pushback, as Republicans and the President have continued to hold up Page and Strzok as Exhibit A of political bias infecting the nation's premier law enforcement agency.