Well good, the Republicans for once didn’t just whine when they didn’t get their way – they’re actually threatening action for once.
Speaker Paul Ryan said Wednesday he is willing to hold former FBI attorney Lisa Page in contempt of Congress if she continues defying a congressional subpoena to answer questions about anti-Donald Trump text message exchanges.
“I am very disturbed by this,” Ryan told reporters at a news conference. “Congressional subpoenas for testimony are not optional. … She was a part of a mess that they have uncovered over at DOJ. She has an obligation to come testify.”
Ryan later added: “If she wants to come plead the Fifth, that’s her choice. But a subpoena to testify before Congress is not optional. It’s mandatory. She needs to comply.”
Ryan’s comments backed up House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), who issued the subpoena for Page’s testimony on Saturday and blasted Page’s decision to skip a Wednesday morning deposition. It’s unclear when the House might move to hold Page in contempt — or whether an agreement can be reached to bring in Page in later this month.
This is surprising because Ryan hasn’t been nearly as proactive as other Republicans like Nunes and Gaetz in these investigations of the FBI and the DOJ. On the other hand, Page’s lawyer did say that they asked for more time from Congress and didn’t get it. I’m really interested to see how this is resolved, and if Page really is hiding anything…