Trump Target, Ex-FBI Lawyer Lisa Page Refuses to Comply With Subpoena by House Judiciary Committee

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FBI Agent Peter Strzok arrives at a closed door interview before the House Judiciary Committee June 27, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Strzok, a former member of the Mueller Russia investigation team, is being interviewed by the committee on text messages exchanged with former FBI lawyer Lisa Page during the Clinton e-mail server investigation that are claimed by the President Trump's supporters to show bias against the president. Getty Images/Alex Wong

One of the former FBI officials whom President Donald Trump has labeled "FBI lovers" and blasted as an example of a campaign within the Justice Department against his administration and campaign is reportedly refusing to answer a subpoena handed down by the House Judiciary Committee.

Lisa Page, an ex-FBI lawyer who was romantically involved with former lead Trump-Russia investigator Peter Strzok, will not yet appear before the committee as she has not been told what topics will be discussed and the FBI has not given her documents to review, her attorney Amy Jeffress told Politico.

"As a result, Lisa is not going to appear for an interview at this time," Jeffress in a statement.

Members of the committee, especially Republicans and Trump defenders, had hoped to have Page's testimony before Strzok appears publicly on Thursday. Strzok appeared before the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees behind closed doors last month for more than 11 hours, and was subpoenaed and agreed to meet with the same committees in public. His attorney had previously called for his private testimony to be released prior to the public hearing.

House Republicans have engaged in a war of words and threats against the Justice Department for withholding information about the Trump-Russia investigation. Most recently, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein fended off such accusations from top Republican Reps. Jim Jordan and Trey Gowdy during testimony given last month.

Page and Strzok became the center of the controversy about alleged political bias within the FBI and Justice Department after their text messages were released. One of the messages included a reference of stopping Trump for winning the election, but the Justice Department Inspector General's report released last month found no bias existed.

Still, President Trump has often disparaged both Page and Strzok while deriding Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election and the Trump campaign's alleged collusion with Russia. The president and numerous administration officials have repeatedly denied any collusion took place.

Trump even mentioned Page and Strzok and their testimony while traveling to Brussels for the NATO summit.

"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!" the president tweeted Monday.

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!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 10, 2018

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 Russia (so ridiculous), that the two FBI lovers were a fraud against our Nation & that the only Collusion was with the Dems!" Trump tweeted Saturday.

Public opinion has turned strongly against the Rigged Witch Hunt and the “Special” Counsel because the public understands that there was no Collusion with Russia (so ridiculous), that the two FBI lovers were a fraud against our Nation & that the only Collusion was with the Dems!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 7, 2018