Amy Jeffress, Lisa Page’s attorney, pushed back Wednesday against claims her client is hiding information, saying the House Judiciary and Oversight committees are acting as bullies.
“The HJC and HOGR Committees’ bullying tactics here are unnecessary. We expect them to agree to another date so that Lisa can appear before the Committees in the near future,” she said in a statement.
Ms. Page, a former FBI lawyer, was subpoenaed Monday and expected to testify on Wednesday before the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees.
Her attorney explained in her statement that Ms. Page needs more time to review documents from the FBI in order to prepare for the hearing, and she has offered other dates for her hearing.
“Through her actions and words, Lisa has made it abundantly clear that she will cooperate with this investigation. All she is asking is to be treated as other witnesses have under the Committees’ own rules,” Ms. Jeffress said.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte criticized Ms. Page on Tuesday, saying in a statement that she has “no excuse” for not appearing on Capitol Hill.
“It appears that Lisa Page has something to hide,” Mr. Goodlatte said. “She plans to blatantly defy a congressional subpoena by refusing to appear for her deposition.”
Ms. Jeffress denied the congressman’s accusations, arguing there was “no basis” for his claims and that “the record shows otherwise.”
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