RELATIVE TO FORMER FBI ATTORNEY’S SUBPOENA
by Sharon Rondeau
(Jul. 11, 2018) — At approximately 10:43 AM EDT, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC11) tweeted that former FBI Special Counsel Lisa Page and her attorney were provided with “documents,” and the opportunity to review them, despite the attorney’s claim to the contrary invoked to justify her client’s failure to appear for a deposition Wednesday morning in response to a congressional subpoena.
Her attorney, Amy Jeffress, was reported by CBS News to have issued a statement wherein she said her client needed to review certain documents in order to “prepare” for the deposition.
Referring to Page’s legal defense in the plural, Meadows wrote, “Contrary to what her attorneys are telling the media, we just learned Lisa Page actually DID review documents at the FBI yesterday. Her failure to appear before Congress this morning had little to do with ‘preparation’– and everything to do with avoiding accountability.”
Page was subpoenaed Saturday to answer questions behind closed doors with members of Congress regarding her conduct and other matters associated with two FBI investigations, one of which concluded in July 2016 and the other said to have been launched shortly thereafter.
Text messages exchanged between Page and former FBI counterintelligence deputy chief Peter Strzok were one of the subjects covered in a 568-page report by the U.S. Justice Department’s Inspector General released on June 14. Some of the texts demonstrate a clear animus toward Donald Trump and the possibility that he might be elected president as well as an apparent desire to “stop it” if it occurred.
On Tuesday evening Page’s said that she and her client went to the FBI earlier in the day with the expectation of reviewing documents prior to the deposition but that they were not provided after a three-hour wait.
After hearing the news, Meadows described Page’s failure to appear as “indefensible.”
At 11:16 AM EDT, this writer contacted Meadows’s Washington, DC office by telephone and obtained the email address for his communications director, Ben Williamson. We sent Williamson a brief email asking if he is able to say whether or not there will be any repercussions as a result of Page’s failure to appear and are awaiting his response.
Update, 12:30 p.m. EDT: We received a response from Williamson stating what he said Meadows’s recommendation would be but referring us to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte’s office for an official statement. We have contacted Goodlatte through his communications director, Kathryn Rexrode.
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.