- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 12, 2018

Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page will testify in a closed-door session with Congress on Friday and Monday, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, Virginia Republican, announced Thursday.

Ms. Page was set to testify on Wednesday, but defied a congressional subpoena. Her lawyer, Amy Jeffress, said Ms. Page did not have time to prepare for the hearing or view documents provided to lawmakers before her testimony.

Republicans had threatened to hold Ms. Page in contempt if she did not appear. She is set to testify as part of an investigation by the House Judiciary and House Oversight and Government Reform committees into decisions made by the Justice Department and FBI regarding investigations related to the 2016 election.

In a statement, Mr. Goodlatte called her testimony “long overdue.”

“[W]e have sought her testimony for seven months, ultimately resulting in a subpoena demanding her presence,” he said. “Lisa Page is a key witness in our investigation and we need to hear from her about her role related to certain decisions made by the Department and Bureau.”

She will appear on Friday at 1:30 p.m. for a transcribed interview. It will continue on Monday, according to Mr. Goodlatte’s statement.

Ms. Page and her lover, FBI agent Peter Strzok have been at the center of a controversy over text messages they exchanged blasting Donald Trump while working on both the Hillary Clinton email investigation and special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe.

She left the FBI earlier this year.

• Jeff Mordock can be reached at jmordock@washingtontimes.com.

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