Republicans Praise 'Credible,' Less 'Smug' Lisa Page After Closed-Door Session
Republican lawmakers praised former FBI lawyer Lisa Page following a closed-door session Friday, saying she was "cooperative" and "credible" and much more forthcoming than FBI agent Peter Strzok (her former paramour). According to select committee members, Page provided new information and was less "smug" than Strzok.
Republicans were not impressed with Strzok's testimony on Thursday, to put it mildly.
"He was not honest. He was not credible in explaining his actions, and yet he's still on the payroll of the FBI," Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) said on "Fox and Friends" Saturday morning.
"Why is he still getting a paycheck from the American taxpayer? He should not be there anymore. He doesn't have credibility and he needs to move on," he added.
The GOP-led investigation is being run by the chairmen of the House Judiciary and Oversight committees.
“I found Lisa Page to be more credible than Peter Strzok,” Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) told reporters as he left the hearing, which lasted nearly five hours.
“I didn’t agree with her characterization of every text message and every piece of evidence, but we did not see the smug attitude from Lisa Page that we saw from Peter Strzok,” he added.
Gaetz also raised concerns about the intervention of FBI lawyers who were present, according to Politico reporter Kyle Cheney:
“Lisa Page is not an FBI employee, but the FBI was here providing counsel and giving her direction as to which questions to answer or not answer and there is a question as to the propriety of that before the House,” Gaetz said, according to The Hill.
According to Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), however, "FBI counsel was less intrusive and seemed more permissive."
Meadows said the American people “would be happy” with the transcribed interviews, and that Page's cooperation spoke well of her.
“She’s been willing to help in the spirit of transparency. … We’ve certainly learned additional things today,” Meadows said, according to Fox News.
According to Meadows, Page said that the DOJ hadn't been notifying her about their repeated interview requests.