WASHINGTON — Former FBI attorney Lisa Page will give closed-door testimony to a joint congressional panel today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte announced Thursday.
“Lisa Page has finally agreed to appear before the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees for a transcribed interview tomorrow. This decision is long overdue,” Goodlatte (R-Va.) said in a statement. “As part of the Committees’ joint investigation into decisions made by the Justice Department in 2016, we have sought her testimony for seven months, ultimately resulting in a subpoena demanding her presence. Lisa Page is a key witness in our investigation and we need to hear from her about her role related to certain decisions made by the Department and Bureau.”
Page was subpoenaed to appear before a joint Judiciary/Oversight committee panel on Wednesday. She did not appear. Goodlatte responded by notifying Page that the committees would initiate contempt proceedings if she did not agree to appear on Thursday or Friday.
Page and agent Peter Strzok exchanged text messages in which he said they would stop Donald Trump from being elected president, according to a Department of Justice inspector general report that was released last month.
“[Trump’s] not ever going to become president, right?” Page wrote to Sztrok on Aug. 8, 2016.
“No he won’t. We’ll stop it,” Strzok replied.
Other messages included profanity-laced comments about the president and his supporters.
Strzok and Page, who were dating at the time although both were married, were dismissed from Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigative team last year after it was discovered they had exchanged anti-Trump texts. Strzok was a lead investigator in the Clinton email probe.
Strzok was grilled by House Republicans for ten-and-a-half hours during a public hearing on Thursday. Strzok insisted that his political preference did not affect decisions made in the FBI’s investigation into potential collusion between members of the Trump campaign and Russian officials.
Strzok refused to answer many questions. He said FBI counsel instructed him not to comment on matters related to ongoing investigations.
Goodlatte told Strzok that refusal to answer could result in a contempt citation.
Some lawmakers leveled personal attacks on Strzok.
“I can’t help but wonder, when I see you looking there with a little smirk, how many times did you look so innocent into your wife’s eyes and lie to her about Lisa Page,” Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) said.
Gohmert’s remark immediately drew several loud objections from colleagues.