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Page's lawyer Amy Jeffress said in a statement that the committee issued a subpoena on Saturday without providing Page with the scope of the interview and before she was able to view the materials that had been produced to Congress, such as her anti-Trump text messages exchanged with Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Peter Strzok.

After the meeting, conservative House Freedom Caucus leader Rep. Mark Meadows, a North Carolina Republican, said that the committee planned to give Page two options to comply with the subpoena: Appear for a closed-door interview later this week or testify alongside Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Peter Strzok at a public hearing scheduled for Thursday.

"A subpoena to testify before Congress is not optional, it's mandatory", House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters Wednesday.

Mr. Strzok, who was briefly part of Mr. Mueller's team, made national headlines late previous year when texts sent to his lover, former Federal Bureau of Investigation attorney Lisa Page, were made public. Strzok was removed from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe earlier this year after his texts were revealed.

"Lisa Page is a key witness, and it is critical that she come before our committees to answer questions as part of our investigation", Goodlatte added.

Jeffress said that the Justice Department granted Page's request late Tuesday evening to review the relevant documents before she testifies, and Jeffress is now "working to arrange that process quickly so that we can move forward with her appearance before the Committees".

The president has repeatedly painted Mueller's investigation as a tainted witch-hunt led by Democrats.

Napolitano said Wednesday that if Page does, in fact, need more time to prepare, she should be given that time in order to ensure a truthful testimony.

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The hearing was often raucous and seemed at times more like a TV comedy about Congress than a real committee hearing. The two were faulted by the official investigation into the conduct of the Clinton email inquiry.

As the committees have investigated bias at the Justice Department, they have focused much of their ire on Strzok. "As a result, Lisa is not going to appear for an interview at this time".

Even several committee Republicans don't expect that Page will seriously consider taking up the offer for her to appear at the hearing Thursday, to be questioned alongside Strzok. The DOJ watchdog published a report last month that revealed messages between Strzok and Page which suggested the two of them, along with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, would try and stop Trump from getting elected.

The Judiciary and Oversight panels have already spent much of the summer holding hearings and interviews critical of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department.

Ryan, asked about Page's decision not to testify Wednesday, said, "I am very disturbed by this". President Trump has seized on the Strzok and Page's texts to denounce the Mueller probe as nothing more than a "witch hunt".

Mueller, a Republican, removed Strzok from the inquiry when he learned about the text exchanges and Page has left the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

House Republicans sent a letter to Jeffress on Wednesday that gave Page three options: show up to Thursday's public hearing, attend a closed-door deposition on Friday or face contempt of Congress proceedings beginning Friday morning.

The Judiciary Committee also held a contentious hearing June 28 with FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Strzok was questioned for 11 hours over his role and alleged bias in a closed hearing of the two committees two weeks ago.