FBI agent set for public House grilling

TheHill | 7/11/2018 | Katie Bo Williams and Olivia Beavers
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House Republicans are sharpening their knives for Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, the counterintelligence agent and former FBI lawyer who exchanged a series of anti-Trump text messages during the 2016 campaign.

Two powerful committees — Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform — will publicly grill Strzok on Thursday. And conservatives have given Page 48 hours to comply with a subpoena that she flouted on Wednesday morning, either by appearing behind closed doors on Friday or alongside Strzok in public on Thursday.

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The fight over Strzok and Page has become increasingly acrimonious. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) threatened to hold Page in contempt on Wednesday, while a lawyer for Page accused Republicans of “bullying” tactics in their investigation into the bureau’s handling of investigations during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Strzok, who is under subpoena to testify Thursday morning, has agreed to appear but has criticized House Republicans as having a “disdain for the truth.” He has called for lawmakers to release the transcript of an 11-hour interview he gave investigators behind closed doors last month.

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House GOP members see Strzok and Page, who were having an extramarital affair at the time they were exchanging thousands of texts, as the key to unraveling what they say was systemic anti-Trump bias at the Department of Justice during the election.

Strzok was a key investigator in both the investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private email server and the counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign’s alleged ties to Russia.

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Page, meanwhile, was a close adviser to then-Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who Republicans have long argued harbored pro-Clinton sympathies.

Democrats alternatively have derided the GOP-led investigation as a political witch hunt designed to muddy the waters around special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. The ranking members of both committees on Wednesday released a swath of questions Republicans asked the agent that...
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