Republicans mull holding former Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer Lisa Page in contempt

J. Scott Applewhite  AP

J. Scott Applewhite AP

Former FBI attorney Lisa Page will not appear for a private interview with two House committees despite being subpoenaed, her attorney told Fox News Tuesday.

Page's lawyer Amy Jeffress told CBS News' Paula Reid that she and Page on Tuesday went to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, her former employer, to review the materials that were sent to Congress, but they were not shown any documents after waiting more than three hours.

Page, who worked for Andrew McCabe when he was Federal Bureau of Investigation deputy director and briefly served on special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's team, "was part of the mess that we've uncovered over at DOJ", Ryan said.

"There is no basis for claims that Lisa has anything to hide or is unwilling to testify", she said, adding that the Oversight and Judiciary committees' "bullying tactics here are unnecessary".

"A subpoena to testify before Congress is not optional, it's mandatory", the speaker said.

"Ex-FBI LAYER Lisa Page today defied a House of Representatives issued Subpoena to testify before Congress!" wrote Trump. "Congressional subpoenas for testimony are not optional".

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In tweets, Trump has branded the couple the "FBI lovers" and said their bias was at the heart of Mueller's "Witch Hunt". "The record shows otherwise", Jeffress said in the statement, stressing that Page had already cooperated with the inspector general's probe and one other congressional panel. "Together with her lover, FBI Agent Peter Strzok, she worked on the Rigged Witch Hunt, perhaps the most tainted and corrupt case EVER!"

Strzok previously served as the chief of the FBI's counterespionage section and played a role in the early days of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russian Federation probe MORE's investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 election and whether the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow.

Strzok is scheduled to appear for a public hearing later this week, according to reports. The report did not find that the conclusions in the Clinton investigation were tainted by political bias. President Trump continued in a subsequent tweet. "Right?!" Page wrote to Strzok.

The committees have focused much of their ire on Strzok, who was interviewed privately by lawmakers on the two committees for 11 hours June 27. Both were removed from the Mueller probe previous year after the Justice Department's internal watchdog made the special counsel aware of the anti-Trump messages.

In his tweet, Trump called Strzok and Page the "FBI lovers" in a reference to the fact that the pair were in a romantic relationship.

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