Ex-FBI Lawyer Lisa Page to Defy GOP Subpoena

A former FBI lawyer at the center of Republican allegations of anti-Trump bias in the Russia investigation plans to defy a congressional subpoena to testify before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. Lisa Page, whose text messages with FBI agent Peter Strzok have been seized upon by President Trump as proof of a “rigged witch hunt,” reportedly received a subpoena on Saturday but was not given any details on the scope of the interview. Her lawyer, Amy Jeffress, said in a statement late Tuesday that Page was not given enough time to view the materials she would be asked about. “We have asked the Committees to schedule another date that would allow sufficient time for her to prepare. The Committees have not honored this request. As a result, Lisa is not going to appear for an interview at this time,” Jeffress said. The committee, which could hold her in contempt of Congress if she fails to appear, scheduled her closed-door testimony a day before that of Strzok, who is due to testify publicly before the Judiciary and Oversight committees.