President Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday "wow, but is anybody really surprised" former Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer Lisa Page defied a subpoena to interview privately before two House committees investigating alleged bias in the Justice Department.
But her lawyer said Page will testify at some point.
'Congressional subpoenas for testimony are not optional, ' he said. It was then that he heard the news that she may defy the subpoena and refuse to testify and condemned it as a "total disgrace".
"If she wants to come plead the Fifth, that's her choice".
Page was schedule to testify before Congress Wednesday. It's mandatory. She needs to comply'.
Page's attorney, Amy Jeffress, said late Tuesday she would not appear for the interview, scheduled for Wednesday, despite the subpoena.
Democrats did not say what Strzok's responses to any of the questions were, but they did call for the full transcript of the meeting to be released by Republicans.
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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. He will return to Capitol Hill for the hearing on Thursday, the first time he will speak publicly about the messages.
Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., a member of the Oversight Committee, said Page's action was "indefensible".
Mueller, a registered Republican who was appointed by Republican deputy attorney general Rob Rosenstein to investigate. The report did not find that the conclusions in the Clinton investigation were tainted by political bias.
In one message on August 8, 2016, Strzok reassured Page that she needn't worry about Trump winning the White House.
Strzok was removed from Mueller's team when the texts were discovered previous year.
"[Trump's] not ever going to become president, right? Right?!" Page wrote to Strzok.
Aiming to discredit the probe, Trump and supporters in Congress have charged that Mueller's team is stacked with Democrats and that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has been opposed to him.
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.