It’s been a rough week for former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, the woman who, along with her cowoker/lover FBI agent Peter Strzok, involved herself in an apparent plot to thwart the election of President Trump, and found herself at the center of a humiliating scandal that has rocked the nation.
After being subpoenaed to testify before the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees, Page refused, prompting President Trump, himself, to call her out via Twitter.
Ex-FBI LAYER 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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 11, 2018
Congressional Republicans were not amused by Page’s defiance, stating that her excuses for her failure to appear were unacceptable, and vowing to take whatever measures necessary to ensure her cooperation.
Contrary to what her attorneys are telling the media, we just learned Lisa Page actually DID review documents at the FBI yesterday. Her failure to appear before Congress this morning had little to do with ‘preparation’–and everything to do with avoiding accountability.
— Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) July 11, 2018
Lisa Page defies her Subpoena to appear. Her attorney provided a litany of excuses for Ms. Page’s failure to appear today, but we just checked with reality, and the excuses do not add up. https://t.co/opdxBgStY7 pic.twitter.com/2BpW8FDEMQ
— House Judiciary ⚖ (@HouseJudiciary) July 11, 2018
In fact, US Marshals reportedly were called upon to serve Page at her home with a subpoenas, with Republicans promising to hold her in contempt if she continued refusing to testify.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) July 11, 2018
Even Speaker Paul Ryan, who has faced criticism of his own for being largely silent regarding the Page/Strzok scandal, said that he supported his Republican colleagues holding Page in contempt, stating that “A subpoena to testify before Congress is not optional, it’s mandatory.”
Speaker Ryan says he would support holding former FBI lawyer Lisa Page in contempt of Congress for defying subpoena from House Judiciary Cmte.: “A subpoena to testify before Congress is not optional, it’s mandatory.” pic.twitter.com/2y0PeR0ij0
— NBC News (@NBCNews) July 11, 2018
In what may have been the final straw for Page, her lover Peter Strzok was forced to admit to the couple’s affair during his own testimony before Congress on Thursday.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) July 12, 2018
Later on Thursday, reports indicated that Page had apparently relented, and agreed to testify – albeit in a private, closed doors hearing – the following day.
— Maria Bartiromo (@MariaBartiromo) July 12, 2018