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Goodlatte Says Page Will Meet With Judiciary Committee Friday

Former FBI lawyer in Russia investigation controversy refused to meet Wednesday

House Judiciary Committee chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said former FBI lawyer Lisa Page will speak to the committee. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte said former FBI lawyer Lisa Page will meet with the committee for a “private interview” on Friday.

Goodlatte told CNN that he heard from Page’s lawyer Wednesday evening and that she agreed to the meeting. It was not clear if she will be under oath.

“We’re pleased with that development,” he said. “This will be a private interview.”

The Judiciary Committee previously subpoenaed Page to testify before the committee on Wednesday, but she said through her lawyer she was declining because she wanted proper time to prepare. Her lawyer, Amy Jeffress, criticized the committee’s “bullying tactics.”

Page and FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok, who were having an extramarital affair, have been the targets of House Republicans after a report by an FBI inspector general found they had exchanged texts saying they would “stop” a Trump presidency in 2016.

Strzok is set to testify before the House Judiciary and Oversight committees on Thursday.

Jeffress said her client was granted her request to review documents from the Department of Justice.

“All that was made available to her,” Goodlatte told CNN. “She then went earlier in the week to the FBI, looked at some documents but did not look at everything and then decided not to appear.”

Goodlatte said it was not clear to him why she decided not to appear on Wednesday.

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