July 11, 2018

Well, it looks as though I have a little more time to write my “20 Questions for Lisa Page,” because Page is defying her subpoena and refusing to show up for her Wednesday closed-door hearing before two House committees, Judiciary and Oversight.

I guess the first question now will have to be, “What makes you think you get to defy a subpoena?” 

Her lawyer, Amy Jeffress, has said it’s because they weren’t provided with the scope of the interview and that Page, the former top legal assistant to then-FBI deputy Director Andrew McCabe, hadn’t been able to view the materials that had been produced for Congress, such as the anti-Trump text messages she exchanged with similarly anti-Trump FBI agent and extramarital squeeze Peter Strzok.

Wait a minute --- doesn’t she already HAVE those thousands of text messages?  Considering they’re the very ones Strzok sent to her, along with the ones she tapped out herself with her own two apparently-bionic thumbs, it would seem likely that she’s already quite familiar with them and is not going to be blindsided.  Unless, of course, she’s worried that Congress has uncovered even more damning exchanges and wants to know in advance what they’ve got.

On behalf of her client, Jeffress complained, “We have asked the Committees to schedule another date that would allow sufficient time for her to prepare.  The Committees have not honored this request.  As a result, Lisa is not going to appear for an interview at this time.”


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Again, one big problem with that:  she is defying a lawful subpoena.  House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte of Virginia maintains that she has no excuse --- that she has known for months that she would be called and has had plenty of time to prepare.  She could now be held in contempt of Congress for failure to appear.  It should be noted that Paul Manafort, caught up in the Trump/Russia investigation for having the misfortune of being, very briefly, the head of Trump’s campaign, is now sitting in solitary confinement 23 hours out of every 24 until his trial on charges that have nothing to do with Russian “collusion” or even with Donald Trump personally.  Will Page face any consequences at all for her stunning contempt of court?  How about “three hots and a cot” until she cooperates?

“We will use all tools at our disposal to obtain her testimony,” Goodlatte said.  “Americans across the country are alarmed at the bias exhibited by top officials at the Justice Department and FBI, and it is imperative Congress conduct vigorous oversight to ensure that doesn’t happen again.” 

Judiciary Committee member Ron DeSantis of Florida called her refusal to appear “pathetic,” while fellow member Jim Jordan of Ohio said this was yet another example of the double standard, “one set of rules for regular Americans, a different set for the Swamp!”  Oversight Committee member Mark Meadows of North Carolina called her failure to comply with a congressional subpoena “indefensible.”

When (if?) Strzok appears for his public hearing on Thursday, it will now be without the context that might have been provided by Page’s closed-door hearing that was supposed to have come the day before.  I’ll bet that consideration has a lot more to do with Page’s decision not to appear than her lack of “sufficient time” to prepare does.

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Strzok and Page both worked on Robert Mueller’s team, and they obviously fit right in with the pro-Hillary, anti-Trump spirit there.  Page left the team as their emails were brought to Mueller's attention, and Strzok was demoted and transferred to Human Resources, where he cooled his heels and collected a paycheck until finally being stripped of his security clearance and escorted out the door of the FBI.

Before his stint with the special counsel, Strzok had been –- amazingly –- the lead FBI investigator on both the Hillary email case and the Trump/Russia “collusion” probe, which could very well explain a lot about the misuse of power at the FBI.  Yet his closed-door hearing before congressional committees a couple of weeks ago netted little except frustration, as he did at least appear but then refused to answer the key questions.  Perhaps committee members are treating that session as just a warm-up for his public hearing this Thursday.

That is, if he decides to show up.


Incidentally, speaking of Manafort, Byron York has a great column about the latest developments in his case.  Read it and be stunned at the game of hardball Mueller is playing, apparently without any evidence whatsoever of “collusion” or misconduct on the part of Trump.



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  • Barbara Daniels

    07/13/2018 09:28 AM

    My comment is this: IF I refused to appear after being served a subpoena, a bench warrant would be issued and I'd be picked up and put in jail! What gives this Washington Folk the right to refuse a court order and then get away with it? My son and I watched the fiasco yesterday with Strozk and it was just terrible. You can see that he was lying through his smirky grin and yet was under oath. What bothered me the most was the constant interruption by the 'folks on the left' otherwise known as the Democrats, especially when one of them said Strozk should get a Medal of Honor! AND as well the black senator ( or whatever she is) made a comment about Our President and all I could think of was, 'does she even think about she is on the payroll ' and maybe she should keep her comments to herself otherwise she'll get or should get "YOUR FIRED". At least one good thing came out of this and any other televised 'hearing' is that the country is now able to see just how ridiculous and stupid these so called senators really are. AND IF people in the USA really care about their well-being, they will change their mind about the ones they elected and come this Fall, vote and replace them with ones who really and truly care about the USA.

  • Don Wood

    07/12/2018 01:49 PM

    Might be worth pursuing.

  • Rocky Garcia

    07/12/2018 11:10 AM

    How is it that a person has the right to Not show up when a subpoena has been issued? She should be arrested, correct? Why is the interpretation of the law different for DC than for other people?

  • ralph briese

    07/12/2018 10:56 AM

    If I had refused to show up there would be a SWAT team breaking into my house & hauling me in! The law is the law! None of these higher ups believes it pertains to them! Bust their butts! They are no better than the rest of us! In fact they Work For Us! Our tax dollars pay their wages/salary's/luncheons. Comply or suffer the consequences!

  • Don Sherwood

    07/12/2018 10:40 AM

    Defying a Congressional Subpoena is a criminal offense. JAIL HER! One little problem - FECKLESS HOUSE LEADERSHIP! Speaker RYAN must be a recent recipient of transgender surgery, he certainly has no testicles nor a spine. The rest of his fake "leadership" team either preceded or followed his lead with similar surgery!

  • Margie Babik

    07/12/2018 08:54 AM

    Gov. Huckabee, we need a leader like you or Jay Sekulow to help the American people have a venue, like a petition, where our voices can be heard, to put these corrupt, arrogant people behind bars, just like the government would do to the average American citizen. Where is Jeff Sessions, our Attorney General? Is there no one in the Congress that has the guts to do what is necessary? Or, do they have skeletons in their closet that they don't want brought to light? Jay Sekulow puts petitions on line every day for American citizens to sign. Why can't we do that with these government low lifes? The voices of the American people need to be heard.

  • Kary Garner

    07/12/2018 12:45 AM

    What does she have to fear? Erick Holder has been in contempt of Cogress for a couple of years now and he was awarded Secretary of State after Fast and Furious and the IRS scandal. Forgive me if I don't get too excited about a threat of a contempt of congress what?
    And I hope the young man who got in trouble for taking pictures inside a nuclear sub wins his case! What he did doesn't come close to the things we have learned about Hillery, the DNC, FBI, DOJ, etc. Disgusted doesn’t begin to discribe how I feel right now.

  • Rose Howell

    07/11/2018 07:03 PM

    Lisa, the little adulterous, needs to go to jail if she does not show up. Period. Her "lover" is guilty of Treason big time.

  • John William Jordan

    07/11/2018 06:03 PM

    If Lisa Page has done something that requires her prosecution, then someone has to have the courage to pursue this path. I agree with Liz Wood's comment below that we the people ( at least the conservative to moderate people) have waited a long time for some enforcement action to be taken against the law breakers. Until some action is taken, the "nose thumbing" will continue and the law breakers will only get boldened.

  • Liz Wood

    07/11/2018 05:12 PM

    If she isn't held for contempt of congress, we the people demand those that refuse to hold her in contempt be arrested themselves. If "we the people" don't see justice and actions that represent our laws soon we will have to take matters into our own hands. I'm not talking about the voter box which is still rigged.

  • Marti Hearn

    07/11/2018 02:31 PM

    Another Hillary cronie thumbing her nose at the law! I am so sick of this! LOCK HER UP, just like you would any other American for disobeying a court order!!!!

  • Randy Butler

    07/11/2018 02:02 PM

    Gov. Huckabee, The arrogance of the Washington DC bureaucracy is incredible. It is obvious to the American People that these elitist bureaucracy federal employees believe that they are above the Rule of Law. It seems that it is also obvious that CONGRESS is scared to MANAGE these federal employees. Although these bureaucrats are manged by the EXECUTIVE Branch CONGRESS controls oversight and the BUDGET. These bureaucrats realize that there is no accountability the higher you progress in Federal employment. Although not elected they realize there employment is based on unlimited funding from the American Taxpayer. They also know that their WORK accountability is controlled by the Federal Public Service Unions. PUBLIC SERVICE UNION VOTES are the reason that the House and Senate is "scared" of the SWAMP.

  • Peggy Taylor

    07/11/2018 01:58 PM

    I would like to know WHY can these people like Page and Strozk defy a lawful subpeona and not be arrested. Can't Congress order them arrested ? Any ordinary American citizen would be immediately.

  • Sara Carpenter

    07/11/2018 01:25 PM

    Governor Mike..I for one am totally disgusted with these people!! Every day I hope and pray that justice will done. And then more roadblocks!
    When will they be held accountable and receive some punishment for their crimes ? When will justice be done for what they did to our president and the American people??

  • Alice I Claar

    07/11/2018 12:57 PM

    Many thanks for looking out for all of us.

  • Johna J Meyer

    07/11/2018 12:27 PM

    What do these people use for brains. Through her in jail, that is what they would do to you or I. Then keep right after Hillery.

  • Elizabeth B Crouse

    07/11/2018 12:25 PM

    I am 85 years old and I cannot believe all the lying, stealing and rudeness that is going on in America. Thank you for all you do. We do have good people but the bad are so loud.

  • Anne Turner

    07/11/2018 12:20 PM

    To be trite, this does make one wonder what going on at Justice and the FBI. If one has nothing to hide, one is happy to clear the record. What I can’t understand is why Sessions seems to be complicit. I guess he figures he cat interfere without being accused of all sorts on heinous things. It is somewhat different with the President and Mueller. That would not be public or even with a lot of Committee members so tricks would abound that could be classed as obstruction. These people are totally bent on removing Trump. Some people put there actually think Hilary would take over if he was out . I actually fear that someone will attempt an assassination. The tone has been set. Some nut case would love to be a hero to the left, who would of course feign shock and horror while toasting and celebrating in the back room and working on figuring out how to oust Pence.
    If there was a gale outside and the President mentioned that it is raining pretty hard, he would be attacker for minimizing a storm.

  • Gail Wood

    07/11/2018 12:19 PM

    I read your informative newsletters and rely on them as a way to get the truth and stay in-the-know on current issues. It’s mindboggling what is going on these days. I also enjoy your sense of humor and your writing style.
    Keep up the good work. American needs you!

  • Rebecca Overton

    07/11/2018 12:19 PM

    Obviously, Congress has zero value, no guts or honour. Why? ALL of them are part of this sewer! We are in need of a total overhaul of DC...... After almost 70 years of my family and my own involvement I am just about finished with it all. Now I understand vigilantism and find it may have had outstanding value and always seems to flourish when lawlessness is the order of the day.

  • leslie jones

    07/11/2018 12:17 PM

    contempt and jail until complied with , This crap has to stop. Unlike what they believe they are not above the law.

  • Stephen Mitchell

    07/11/2018 12:05 PM

    There's nothing going to happen to her . So don't hold your breath .

  • Edwin and Evelyn Roberts

    07/11/2018 11:57 AM

    Thanks for everyone on Trump's team's hard work! We have our country back!

  • philip crane

    07/11/2018 11:40 AM

    Governor...what would happen to peons like me who have defied subpoenas and committed acts that these elites are being investigated for.
    Do they know they're tearing the fabric of this republic to shreds? Is that their plan?

  • Lyn Wooley

    07/11/2018 11:36 AM

    I would be arrested if I failed to show up!!! This is such a double standard!