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GOP lawmakers ready to play hardball with Lisa Page. She WILL testify, even if it ‘requires handcuffs’

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Republican lawmakers warned that if former FBI attorney Lisa Page continues to thumb her nose at a Congressional subpoena, they will bring her to Capitol Hill in handcuffs.

Despite a congressional subpoena to appear for a deposition on Wednesday, Page – who exchanged anti-Trump text messages with her lover and former FBI counterintelligence agent, Peter Strzok – refused to comply.

Rep. Lee Zeldin was not buying the excuse by Page’s attorney that she did not have enough time to prepare for questioning and was not allowed to review documents at the FBI on Tuesday.

The New York Republican reiterated his strong words later, suggesting Page should be held in contempt and brought to Capitol Hill by force if necessary.

House Speaker Paul Ryan was “very disturbed” by Page’s refusal to comply, noting that a congressional subpoena like the one issued by the House Judiciary and House Oversight & Government Reform Committees is “not optional.”

Page has an “obligation” to testify, Ryan told reporters Wednesday and said he will hold her in contempt of Congress if she keeps it up.

“She was a part of a mess that they have uncovered over at DOJ. She has an obligation to come testify,” he said.

Page, who resigned from the FBI in May, has volunteered to testify later this month according to her attorney, as long as she has access to certain FBI files and details about the kind of questions she will be asked.

President Trump, on his way to Brussels for the NATO summit, called out Attorney General Jeff Sessions on the issue.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte also blasted Page’s decision.

“This is a very serious matter. This subpoena is still in effect,” Goodlatte said on “Outnumbered Overtime” on Wednesday.

“I think it’s very important for her to understand that. And she should comply with it and she should comply with it now, before she’s held in contempt of Congress,” he said.

Frieda Powers


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