Anti-Trump FBI Lawyer Lisa Page Speaks Out, Claims She's the Victim
Architect of the Russia Probe claims she's the target of 'sickening' 'attacks' from Trump
One of the architects of the anti-Trump "witch hunt" Russia Probe, former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, has finally spoken out, claiming that she is the victim of "sickening" "attacks" from the president.
Page made global headlines in late 2017 when text messages between herself and then-senior FBI agent Peter Strzok became public.
The pair was having an extramarital affair, and their text messages detailed an extreme political bias and showed the two actively working in opposition to President Donald Trump.
Now, Page has finally broken her silence almost two years later.
Speaking during an interview with the Daily Beast published Sunday, Page responded to the president's personal criticism while casting herself as a victim.
Page said that she finally decided to speak up after the president mocked her at a campaign rally in October, where he highlighted the anti-Trump campaign she ran with Strzok while working at the FBI in the early days of the Russia Probe.
"Honestly, his demeaning fake orgasm was really the straw that broke the camel's back," she said.
The ex-FBI counsel was referencing the moment at a Trump rally where the president comically reimagined a mock conversation between Page and Strzok as they plotted against him during a sexual encounter.
"I had stayed quiet for years hoping it would fade away, but instead it got worse.
"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, who worked as former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe's general counsel, claims Trump is trying "to destroy" her life through public attacks.
She insists that she now just wants to return to normal life.
"It's almost impossible to describe.
"It's like being punched in the gut.
"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.
"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."
The president's attacks, Page said, affected her day-to-day life.
“I'm someone who’s always in my head anyway – so now otherwise normal interactions take on a different meaning," Page complained.
"If I’m walking down the street or shopping and there’s somebody wearing Trump gear or a MAGA hat, I’ll walk the other way or try to put some distance between us because I’m not looking for conflict.
"Really, what I wanted most in this world is my life back.”
Separately, Page tweeted, "I'm done being quiet."
Cry more, homewrecker pic.twitter.com/vxDlrU92R7— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) December 2, 2019
Lisa Page is trying to be recast as the victim and a news site wrote up an adoring interview for her. This is why we don’t trust the media. Her bias while working extremely political cases is clear and evident to anyone with a functioning brain. To pretend otherwise is insulting.— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) December 2, 2019
Page insisted that when she was assigned to the Clinton email probe, she knew the "case was going to get picked apart" and that "Director [James] Comey was very clear he wanted this completed as soon as humanly possible and outside of the political environment.
"So there was a real focus to get it done before the conventions that were happening that summer. And so that’s what we did.”
However, as the FBI was preparing to interview Clinton at her home at the close of the email probe, Page sent Strzok a text message that suggested she was concerned about the political impact of the investigation.
“One more thing: She might be our next president,” Page wrote to Strzok on Feb. 24, 2016.
“The last thing you need us going in there loaded for bear.
"You think she’s going to remember or care that it was more doj than fbi?”
“Agreed….” Strzok responded.
Imagine thinking yourself the victim for receiving criticism in response to your engaging in conduct personal, political and professional that imperils, corrupts and undermines our system of government https://t.co/bUnnS90V3C— Benjamin Weingarten (@bhweingarten) December 2, 2019
Horowitz, the DOJ inspector general, noted in an initial report last year that Strzok and Page's anti-Trump texts were "not only indicative of a biased state of mind but, even more seriously, implies a willingness to take official action to impact the presidential candidate’s electoral prospects.”