President Trump fired back at former FBI lawyer Lisa Page after she unloaded on him in a Daily Beast interview, breaking the silence she had maintained since resigning from the Bureau in 2018.
The president took aim at Page’s extramarital affair with ex-FBI special agent Peter Strzok, whose employment was terminated after the Justice Department’s inspector general concluded that his political views, as expressed in a series of anti-Trump text messages between him and Page, affected his work in the Hillary Clinton e-mail server investigation and the Russia collusion probe.
When Lisa Page, the lover of Peter Strzok, talks about being “crushed”, and how innocent she is, ask her to read Peter’s “Insurance Policy” text, to her, just in case Hillary loses. Also, why were the lovers text messages scrubbed after he left Mueller. Where are they Lisa?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 2, 2019
President Trump’s tweet alluded to an “insurance policy” mentioned by Strzok to Page in the event the New York billionaire won the election. In another text, Strzok said “we’ll stop it” in reference to Trump’s election.
The president’s question regarding the “lovers text messages” being “scrubbed” refered to the DOJ IG’s confirmation that thousands of text messages between Strzok and Page were lost after the former was removed from the Mueller probe.
Page told Daily Beast contributor Molly Jong-Fast that President Trump’s jabs at her at campaign rallies and other public appearances are what convinced her to speak out.
“Honestly, his demeaning fake orgasm was really the straw that broke the camel’s back,” Page said in reference to the president’s remarks at a Minneapolis campaign rally in which he imitated the FBI lovers.
“I love you, Lisa! I love you so much! Lisa, she’s going to win one-hundred-million-to-nothing. But just in case she doesn’t win, we’ve got an insurance policy!” the president said at the rally, though observers have disputed that he was mimicking an orgasm.
“I had stayed quiet for years hoping it would fade away, but instead it got worse,” Page lamented to Jong-Fast, who has called Strzok “hawt.”
Um, Strzok is hawt.
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) July 12, 2018
“It had been so hard not to defend myself, to let people who hate me control the narrative. I decided to take my power back,” Page added.
The interview was published just days before the expected December 9 release of a report by DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz that will reportedly describe how a low-level FBI lawyer falsified a critical document to obtain secret surveillance against a former Trump advisor.
Page, however, insisted that her interview was not to get ahead of the upcoming report, but to speak out against the president’s “sickening” attacks.
“It’s like being punched in the gut,” she continued. “My heart drops to my stomach when I realize he has tweeted about me again. The president of the United States is calling me names to the entire world. He’s demeaning me and my career. It’s sickening.”
Page went on to say:
But it’s also very intimidating because he’s still the president of the United States. And when the president accuses you of treason by name, despite the fact that I know there’s no fathomable way that I have committed any crime at all, let alone treason, he’s still somebody in a position to actually do something about that. To try to further destroy my life. It never goes away or stops, even when he’s not publicly attacking me.
Page complained that the president’s behavior toward her has affected her everyday life, causing “otherwise normal interactions [to] take on a different meaning.”
“Like, when somebody makes eye contact with me on the Metro, I kind of wince, wondering if it’s because they recognize me, or are they just scanning the train like people do?” she explained. “It’s immediately a question of friend or foe?”
Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein reacted to Page’s interview, responding to her censure of the Justice Department for making texts between her and Strzok public.
“To the best of my knowledge, career Department of Justice officials determined in December 2017 that those text messages were NOT personal,” Rosenstein wrote in a statement to the Daily Beast. “They were official government records related to FBI business and there was no legal basis to withhold them, so they should be released as requested by Congress.”
The former Deputy AG continued:
I consistently defended the right of Department of Justice employees to express political opinions and even make political contributions. However, the Inspector General concluded that the FBI employees “demonstrated extremely poor judgment and a gross lack of professionalism” by exchanging messages that “appeared to mix political opinions with discussions about the [Hillary Clinton e-mail] and Russia investigations, raising a question as to whether Strzok’s and Page’s political opinions may have affected investigative decisions.”
Rosenstein concluded: “Ms. Page received more opprobrium than she deserved for her mistakes. But the Department of Justice is not to blame.”
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