President Donald Trump resumed his attack on a pair of FBI lovers who were involved in the Russia probe en route to his second day of NATO meetings, then took a shot at his attorney general.
Trump launched the Twitter attack Thursday morning, after firing off a pair of tweets blasting the special counsel’s ‘Rigged Witch Hunt’ that he called the most corrupt case ever.
He unloaded on Lisa Page, a former FBI lawyer, who congressional Republicans are threatening to hold in contempt for her refusal to testify at a scheduled hearing.
‘As I head out to a very important NATO meeting, I see that FBI Lover/Agent Lisa Page is dodging a Subpoena & is refusing to show up and testify,’ Trump wrote.
Former FBI agent Lisa Page is defying a congressional subpoena and will not appear before a closed-door session of the House Judiciary Committee
‘What can she possibly say about her statements and lies. So much corruption on the other side.’
Then Trump asked: ‘Where is the Attorney General?’ and added the Twitter handle of Fox News, his favorite network.
Although he didn’t mention Attorney General Jeff Sessions by name, it was won of a multitude of times Trump has called him out on actions related to the Russia probe – including on his decision to recuse himself, which led to the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
Where is the Attorney General?’ asked President Trump as he went after one of the FBI lovers who sent anti-Trump texts in 2016
A top Republican on Capitol Hill has sent the United States Marshals Service to deliver a subpoena to a former FBI lawyer who defied an earlier request by Congress to testify about alleged anti-Trump bias within the bureau.
Representative Bob Goodlatte, a Republican from Virginia, says he instructed the Marshals to serve a subpoena to Lisa Page, whom he has accused of ‘apparently’ having ‘something to hide.’
Earlier on Wednesday, Page defied a congressional subpoena and declined to appear before a closed-door session of the House Judiciary Committee, which Goodlatte chairs.
Goodlatte said that initially Page’s lawyer agreed to accept the subpoena, but ‘then turned around and immediately tried to reject it,’ according to Fox News.
Peter Strzok is scheduled to appear before Congressional committees on Thursday
Trump, who is in Brussels for the NATO summit, blasted Page via Twitter on Wednesday evening
‘So that’s why we sent the marshals to her house, to serve the subpoena,’ Goodlatte said.
‘They had to go back three times before they were finally able to reach her.’
Page’s texts about Donald Trump with her FBI lover Peter Strzok caused a firestorm and were used by the president and his Republican allies to complain the Russia investigation was rigged.
FOUND HIM!: Trump asked: ”Where is the Attorney General?’
Page’s lawyer Amy Jeffress said in a statement the subpoena was issued before Page was able to view the materials that had been produced to Congress.
‘Lisa and I went to the FBI 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.
‘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.’
Trump, who is in Brussels for the NATO summit, blasted Page via Twitter on Wednesday evening.
The president tweeted: ‘Ex-FBI LAYER [sic] Lisa Page today defied a House of Representatives issued Subpoena to testify before Congress! Wow, but is anybody really surprised! Together with her lover, FBI Agent Peter Strzok, she worked on the Rigged Witch Hunt, perhaps the most tainted and corrupt case EVER!’
Goodlatte and his Republican colleague, House Oversight and Government Committee chairman Trey Gowdy, sent a letter to Page’s attorney on Wednesday afternoon.
‘Interviewing your client, Lisa Page, is an important part of this investigation,’ the letter read.
If Page does not appear, the House ‘intends to initiate contempt proceedings’ against her as early as Friday, the letter read.
‘She has been in complete defiance of cooperation with the House Judiciary Committee and the Oversight and Government committee for seven months now,’ Goodlatte said.
‘I think it’s very important for her to understand that she should comply with it now before she’s held in contempt of Congress, which could happen as soon as Friday.’
But Jeffress pushed back on Goodlatte’s suggestion that Page had something to hide.
‘There is no basis for claims that Lisa has anything to hide or is unwilling to testify,’ Jeffress said.
She said the FBI had not given her the necessary materials to prepare for her interview.
Jeffress said she and Page went to the FBI ‘but after waiting for more than three hours, we were not provided with any documents.’
House Speaker Paul Ryan said he was willing to hold her in contempt.
Representative Bob Goodlatte (above), a Republican from Virginia, says he instructed the Marshals to serve a subpoena to Page, whom he has accused of ‘apparently’ having ‘something to hide’
‘Congressional subpoenas for testimony are not optional,’ he said. ‘She was a part of a mess that they have uncovered over at DOJ. She has an obligation to come testify.’
He added: ‘If she wants to come plead the Fifth, that’s her choice. But a subpoena to testify before Congress is not optional. It’s mandatory. She needs to comply.’
But her lawyer said Page will testify at some point.
Page has ‘made it abundantly clear that she will cooperate’ with the congressional investigation, Jeffress told CBS News.
‘All she is asking is to be treated as other witnesses have under the Committees’ own rules,’ Jeffress said.
Strzok, meanwhile, is scheduled to testify publicly on Thursday before a joint hearing of the House Judiciary and Oversight committees.
The two agents, who were having an extra marital affair, were members of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, which Trump routinely refers to as a ‘witch hunt,’ and examining both Russia’s role in the 2016 election along with being part of probe into Hillary Clinton’s email server.
Trump slammed them as he was in route to Belgium for a meeting with NATO leaders, mocking them on Tuesday for getting ‘cold feet’ about testifying before Congress.
‘I am on Air Force One flying to NATO and hear reports that the FBI lovers, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page are getting cold feet on testifying about the Rigged Witch Hunt headed by 13 Angry Democrats and people that worked for Obama for 8 years. Total disgrace!,’ Trump wrote on Twitter.
The president has repeatedly painted Mueller’s investigation as a tainted witch-hunt led by Democrats.
Mueller, a registered Republican who was appointed by Republican deputy attorney general Rob Rosenstein to investigate. Of the 17 team members, 13 are registered Democrats, according to reports.
The special counsel’s team has already issued 20 indictments and secured guilty pleas from five individuals. The first big case on Mueller’s agenda comes later this month with his indictment Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort on an array of charges including money laundering, bank fraud, tax evasion, failure to improperly register as an agent of a foreign government and witness tampering.
President Trump has used the texts between the FBI agents to paint the Russia investigation as rigged
Trump on Monday mocked the agents for getting ‘cold feet’
A report from the Department of Justice Inspector General examined the texts between the two agents as part of its overall look at the Russia probe and concluded there was no political motivation in any of the actions taken by investigators.
But it also outlined conversations between Strzok and Page that had never before seen the light of day.
In one message on August 8, 2016, Strzok reassured Page that she needn’t worry about Trump winning the White House.
Trump is ‘not ever going to become president, right? Right?!’ Page texted Strzok.
‘No. No he’s not. We’ll stop it,’ he responded.
Strzok was removed from Mueller’s team when the texts were discovered last year. Page left it voluntarily shortly after she joined the team and eventually left the FBI.
Strzok was interviewed in closed session with lawmakers for 11 hours last month and his lawyer has asked the transcript be made public.