The House finally got to interview former FBI lawyer Lisa Page on Friday behind closed doors.
They had previously subpoenaed her to appear on Wednesday and she refused to show up saying that she hadn’t been given time to “prepare.” House members then threatened her with contempt.
It seemed clear that she was trying to go after her lover Peter Strzok’s testimony on Thursday so she could conform her testimony to his after he testified on Thursday. This seemed confirmed when on Thursday morning, as Strzok was getting ready to testify, she agreed to testify on Friday.
According to House members, her testimony on Friday revealed some new and interesting information.
And House members seemed to have a different feeling about Page after she testified.
House members called her “cooperative” and “credible” after her session.
From Fox News:
U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., had been among Page’s harshest critics heading into the session, but he said her cooperation “speaks well of her,” according to the Hill.
Meadows said he thinks the American people “would be happy” with Friday’s transcribed interviews, the Washington Post reported.
“She’s been willing to help in the spirit of transparency. … We’ve certainly learned additional things today,” Meadows said.
But amazingly, she appears to have told them that she hadn’t been notified by the DOJ about their requests for 7 months to interview her.
So either the DOJ which has been ducking requests for months is lying or Page who tried to evade the subpoena is. Neither answer is a good one and the members seem to think it’s the DOJ.
This seems to add fuel to the fire against Deputy Attorney Rod Rosenstein’s failure to be cooperative.
Meadows called Page a “credible witness,” as he walked out of the hearing, the report said.
“There is new information,” he told reporters. “And that information is credible.”
“She’s doing her best to help us find the truth and I think in ways she’s been falsely accused of not being willing to cooperate.”
Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) said they were most concerned with whether her testimony matched that of Strzok. Well, why wouldn’t it, since she had the opportunity to view his before she testified?
And again, as with Strzok, there was an FBI presence at Page’s elbow, which Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) questioned.
“Lisa Page is not an FBI employee, but the FBI was here providing counsel and giving her direction as to which questions to answer or not answer and there is a question as to the propriety of that before the House,” Gaetz said, according to the Hill.
But he said he also found Page to be “more credible” than Strzok, the New York Post reported.
“I didn’t agree with her characterization of every text message and every piece of evidence,” Gaetz said as he left the House hearing. “But we did not see the smug attitude from Lisa Page that we saw from Peter Strzok.”
They said that Page is expected back on Monday for more testimony.