REFERS TO RECOMMENDATION FOR CRIMINAL PROBE
by Sharon Rondeau
(Jul. 11, 2018) — The Associated Press has reported, through LancasterOnline.com and other outlets, that former FBI Special Counsel Lisa Page’s attorney, Amy Jeffress, wrote a second letter to the House Judiciary and Government Oversight & Reform Committees on Wednesday.
Page was scheduled to be deposed Wednesday morning in private by members of both committees, but Jeffress wrote a letter Tuesday evening stating that her client would not honor the subpoena commanding it. “We have asked the Committees to schedule another date that would allow sufficient time for her to prepare,” Jeffress wrote in a letter released by CBS News Tuesday evening. “The Committees have not honored this request. As a result, Lisa is not going to appear for an interview at this time.”
According to the AP on Wednesday, Jeffress “said Page had offered to voluntarily appear before the committees later this month, but needed more clarification about what the lawmakers would be asking. Page has also been seeking access to FBI documents that the committees already had, and Jeffress said they heard late Tuesday that the request for that access had been granted.”
According to the AP, Jeffress’s follow-up letter accuses the two committees of using “bullying tactics” against her client, whose politically-charged text messages with former FBI counterintelligence deputy chief Peter Strzok have been released to the public over a number of months after becoming a point of scrutiny for the Justice Department’s Inspector General.
The AP additionally reported that Jeffress has been in contact with the committees prior to this week. In a letter dated June 28, the AP said, Jeffress “mentions a referral sent to the FBI by several GOP lawmakers in April that recommends a criminal investigation of several current and former DOJ employees, including Page.”
In a letter Jeffress sent to the Judiciary Committee on June 28 that was obtained by The Associated Press, she raises another issue. She mentions a referral sent to the FBI by several GOP lawmakers in April that recommends a criminal investigation of several current and former DOJ employees, including Page.
Jeffress writes in the letter that she assumes the committees agree there is no legitimate basis for that investigation, because it would be “inappropriate for the chairmen to request a voluntary interview from a subject or target of a criminal investigation relating to the same matters of that investigation.”
On April 18, Page, Strzok, Former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, former FBI Director James Comey, former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe were named in a referral letter signed by 11 members of Congress as meriting further scrutiny for “potential violation(s) of federal statutes” in connection with the Trump-Russia investigation and other matters.
The six-page letter was sent to U.S. Attorney for the District of Utah John Huber, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and FBI Director Christopher Wray.
In late March, Sessions appointed Huber to conduct a probe into possible political corruption within the FBI. An Obama appointee, Huber submitted his resignation to the new administration in June 2017 but Trump rejected it, maintaining Huber in his position.
On Wednesday Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said in response to Page’s non-appearance that “Congressional subpoenas for testimony are not optional…If she wants to come plead the Fifth that is her choice, but a subpoena to come testify is not optional. We will do what we need to do to protect this branch of government.”
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.