At this writing, FBI agent Peter Strzok is scheduled to appear at a public hearing on Thursday at 10:30 AM Eastern Time, and it appears likely he’ll show, but of course, no one –- except, presumably, his lawyer –- knows for sure whether he’ll actually be there or follow Lisa Page’s lead and skip out.  House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte has expressed his extreme displeasure, and the Judiciary and Oversight committees sent a letter offering Page three choices:


 RELATED READING:  Lisa Page defies congressional subpoena, refuses to testify


1)  Appear at Thursday’s public hearing with Strzok and answer questions along with him.

2)  Appear on Friday for the closed-door session she was lawfully required to attend on Wednesday.

3) Get ready for some very serious legal trouble.

 



According to FOX News, Page’s lawyer was served Wednesday night with an electronic subpoena and simply ignored it.  She had told the committee her client would be available for questioning “later this month,” but, sorry, after dodging subpoenas numerous times during the past month and already having seven months to prepare, that’s not good enough.  Goodlatte and Trey Gowdy fired off a letter advising that their committee will initiate contempt charges against Page if she doesn’t testify Thursday or Friday.

“If she wants to come plead the Fifth, that’s her choice,” said House Speaker Paul Ryan.  “But a subpoena to testify before Congress is not optional.”

True, a subpoena from Congress carries the force of law, but what happens if someone essentially flips the congressional committees an inappropriate hand gesture and refuses to comply?  The next step is for Congress to refer the contempt charge to the DOJ for prosecution.  (I’ll pause while you fall onto the floor, helpless with laughter.)  If the DOJ chooses to act (okay, more laughter), presumably there will be a hearing, and Page’s lawyer will get to trot out her same ridiculous excuses and continue accusing the committees of “bullying” her client.  Maybe (probably?) Page will get a sympathetic judge, so she’s no doubt been eyeing Option 3, taking her chances with the legal system.  On the other hand, Congress is an independent branch of government and has the power to act on its own if the DOJ won’t.  “It can hold somebody in contempt,” Alan Dershowitz explains.  “It can literally order the person to go into the basement jail cell, and then that person would have to go to court to seek a writ of habeus corpus.”

 


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This has rarely happened, mostly because the DOJ has rarely failed to enforce a subpoena, but Dershowitz warns Congress that “in the end, the legislative branch must enforce its own subpoenas and the Justice Department must comply with that; otherwise, our (concept of) separation of powers and checks and balances is really in trouble.”

 

I would add that if Page blithely sends her regrets once again and fails to appear this week, Congress must respond to Page this way:  “Go to jail, go directly to jail, do not pass ‘Go,” do not collect $200.”

 

Gosh, the suspense is killing me, wondering if we’re going to get to see Strzok and Page testify in the same room.  (Just kidding –- that won’t be happening.  If Page testifies at all, it will almost certainly be AFTER Strzok’s open session, to help her avoid perjury traps, and that may have been her reason for the delaying tactic.)  In the meantime, here’s some great reading material:  a story about some legal fallout from the Christopher Steele dossier that sheds light on just how unworthy it ever was of being taken seriously by anyone, let alone a media outlet such as Buzzfeed...or the FBI.

 

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/jul/11/buzzfeeds-ben-smith-mediation-snub-sends-dossier-l/

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  • Kathleen Rogozinski

    07/13/2018 08:00 PM

    Dear Mike, Thank you so very much for making yourself available to us. You are the only life line. I cannot write to you without praising your daughter, Sarah. You and your wife did an excellent job. She has poise, strength, intelligence and more character than all of D.C. rolled together. I am 75 years old. I thank you for keeping us informed. You are precious!
    God Bless you,
    Kathleen

  • Kathy Wingate

    07/13/2018 12:23 AM

    Are you kidding?? She's got all the answers now! What a circus today. I could hardly tear myself away, and at the same time, wanted to throw up.. a Purple Heart??? How on Earth could anyone suggest he deserved that? I'm going out tomorrow. . I can't take any more of the Dems falling all over themselves to make this traitorous jerk sound like a hero. I am, however, feeling much better about 2020.
    Did anyone hear the traitor say he still has top secret security clearance?? Is that scary, or what? Why isn't he FIRED,already? There is something terribly wrong with that.

  • Kathy Wingate

    07/13/2018 12:11 AM

    Are you kidding?? She's got all the answers now! What a circus today. I could hardly tear myself away, and at the same time, wanted to throw up.. a Purple Heart??? How on Earth could anyone suggest he deserved that? I'm going out tomorrow. . I can't take any more of the Dems falling all over themselves to make this traitorous jerk sound like a hero. I am, however, feeling much better about 2020.

  • Big Momma America

    07/12/2018 10:12 PM

    She needs to be in jail right this minute. That way they can bring her to the hearing on Friday. How in the world does she get a second chance? If it were you or me, a sheriff would be knocking on our door.

  • Paulette Taylor

    07/12/2018 05:36 PM

    Will someone with a backbone and respect for the Constitution please step up and enforce the law. Governor Huckabee, please keep this disresect in front of your readers up to the midterm elections, also reminding us of the Democratic members of Congress who are enablers for this behavior. I don't want to cool off before then. Thanks.

  • Paul Kern

    07/12/2018 04:35 PM

    From what I have found out it seems the Swamp is centered in the FBI. Another thought: Who is funding the groups of protesters who seem to come out of the wood work at just the right time? Is Soros still active or is it Hillary's slush fund?

  • Barbara Raskis Flowers

    07/12/2018 03:55 PM

    Isn’t it time for Pres Trump to tell Christopher Rey to FIRE Peter Strzok? This has become a circus, especially this mornings testimony.

  • Stephen K Lentz

    07/12/2018 02:55 PM

    "Goodlatte and Trey Gowdy fired off a letter advising that their committee will initiate contempt charges against Page if she doesn’t testify Thursday or Friday." WOW!! BIG DEAL!!! More bullshit rhetoric from the rinos who are only talking to feed their huge egos but do NOTHING to back up the constant worn out rhetoric they spew from their pie holes!!!

  • Karen Biel

    07/12/2018 02:15 PM

    I am so disgusted with the situation and the double standards. All these crooks are going to get away with everything it seems. If it were any of us we would never see the light of day.

  • Joy Hazouri Blume

    07/12/2018 01:18 PM

    Lisa Page must be shaking in her 9" heels-how scary when you defy a subpoena in contempt of court for failure to appear-& she is sent a letter stating that she can choose one of 3 choices or get ready, Lisa Page, for some very serious legal trouble! Are you kidding me! So this time it's "SOME" "VERY" "SERIOUS" "LEGAL" "TROUBLE... Why not make her sit in the corner with her hands folded in her lap & "she must" keep her on the floor. Wow that's some very serious trouble she'd be in..

  • Waylon Bush

    07/12/2018 01:15 PM

    Pffffffffttttt.

  • John Blakey

    07/12/2018 01:03 PM

    I think that you're spot about the swamp denizens and wonder how much longer they can keep up the nonsense before facing some real consequences. Reading your columns has been enjoyable and enlightening and now I know where your daughter Sarah gets her wit from.

  • Virginia Walcott

    07/12/2018 12:44 PM

    I cannot believe the lawlessness that's happening today. It's too much to take. When the FBI is allowed to give the middle finger to
    Congressional committees, you know it's really bad. I don't have confidence we'll ever fix this mess. Until a known name is held accountable, nothing will change. Prayer is all we have left. Just hope it's enough.

  • Lee Marcum

    07/12/2018 12:42 PM

    You must be kidding us...How can any sane American leave any "printable" comment to the *&*&^& "stuff" that Stzrok is doing to the "honest agents" in the FBI...I can see where Page makes a good "bunk-buddy" for Stzrok.

  • Jerry Holland

    07/12/2018 12:38 PM

    Why isn't Sessions arresting Page?

  • Susan Sarsfield

    07/12/2018 12:20 PM

    Governor Huckabee, I am laughing with you because you are right but, isn't it a disgrace to let these criminals ignore Congress' demands? Rod Rosenstein is just as involved as the lovers, Robert Mueller and I am beginning to believe that Jeff Sessions is caught up in their web. Seriously! Why do you think President Trump will not step in and demand action? He could end all of this and fire outlaw #1 Rod Rosenstein and pal Jeff. It is so upsetting to watch what is happening with our Justice System and what can we do about it? It is scary.
    Thanks for the commentary. Love to read them:)

  • Douglas Morgan

    07/12/2018 12:12 PM

    What happens if LIsa flips off Congress? Absolutely nothing as long as the Deep State or the Swamp is in operation! Rosenstein, Strzok, Comey, Lerner, Colbert and the list could go on, verbally flips them off and shows no respect to the committee members, even laughs at them! Nothing happens to them. In the meantime, Mueller continues to hire an army of lawyers/judges, Rosenstein is hiring more legal beagels to review (I'm sure objectively) the latest SCOTUS nominee, Kavanaugh, and probably present every document on abortion and homosexual marriage that is available to help the Leftists and Swamp Republicans build a case to reject him.

    Nothing will happen until the President, the only one (except Sarah) I trust in Washington right now, declassifies all the documents and makes them available to the public and there is enough outrage to change things. Still have hope that it will happen.

  • Sandra Renicker

    07/12/2018 11:59 AM

    She has been given enough time. Time to prosecute her and quit playing games.

  • Sandra Renicker

    07/12/2018 11:59 AM

    She has been given enough time. Time to prosecute her and quit playing games.

  • Eileen Barayasarra

    07/12/2018 11:29 AM

    I am watching the Strzok hearing on NEWSMAX. I have never seen such a shouting match and so many interruptions in my life! If school children behaved that way, they would be sent to the office for a timeout!

  • Deborah Mullis

    07/12/2018 11:25 AM

    I just don't understand. If I ignored a subpoena to appear, I'm sure the police would be at my door with handcuffs. Why won't our government agencies do their job? Double standard! I'm sure Lisa Page & her lover will get a pass just like Hillary & her crowd.

  • Marchia K. Forber

    07/12/2018 11:14 AM

    I even know who Goofus and Gallant are!

  • Donna Chick

    07/12/2018 11:05 AM

    I will not hold my breath on them or any other wrong doers will ever be held accountable in any of the illegal activities that they have been involved with. I do not trust the legal system at all because they talk and lies come out. It would be a different story if it was me or any other people not in power. Thank God He is still in control in all situations the come about. He is the only one that I trust.

  • Jennie Gockel

    07/12/2018 11:04 AM

    She won’t show up because Congress has a reputation of not following through on their threats. She is counting on that.

  • Wayne Hilchen

    07/12/2018 10:44 AM

    If she does not comply; jail her. This is ridiculous the games being played on a very serious matter.