I think Page spoke out now because the IG discovered evidence “that an unidentified lower-level FBI lawyer falsified a key document used to obtain a secret surveillance warrant against a former Trump adviser.”
The Daily Beast sat down with Lisa Page, the former FBI lawyer and mistress of former FBI agent Peter Strzok, a week before the Department of Justice will release its inspector general report into FBI misconduct.
Page claimed she came forward now because President Donald Trump mocked her, but the sympathetic piece seems more like a way to get ahead of any damning information in the IG report.
Page remained quiet for the two years after reports surfaced of her anti-Trump texts with Strzok. Both expressed fear that he’d win in 2016, which led people to believe a coup would take place.
Can you honestly blame them? In one exchange, Page asked Strzok if Trump really could become president. Strzok said, “No. No he won’t. We’ll stop it.”
Author Molly Jong-Fast (author note: I am friends with Molly) asked Page why she decided to speak out now:
“Honestly, his demeaning fake orgasm was really the straw that broke the camel’s back,” she says. The president called out her name as he acted out an orgasm in front of thousands of people at a Minneapolis rally on Oct. 11.
That was the moment Page decided she had to speak up. “I had stayed quiet for years hoping it would fade away, but instead it got worse,” she says. “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.”
Trump said at the rally, “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!”
Those on the right say Trump did not sound orgasmic. In all honesty, it seems like he’s taking on the part of Juliet expressing her love for Romeo.
Page whined some more:
Page continued: “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.”
Separately, Page tweeted, “I’m done being quiet.” In her interview, Page went on to call the president’s remarks “intimidating.”
“But it’s also very intimidating because he’s still the president of the United States,” Page said. “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.”
According to Page, Trump’s words affect her every day:
“I’m someone who’s always in my head anyway – so now otherwise normal interactions take on a different meaning,” Page complained. “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? It’s immediately a question of friend or foe? Or 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.”
Maybe don’t be so sensitive about it? Maybe don’t have an affair with a co-worker? Maybe don’t send texts that people could easily interpret as a coup and a conspiracy? Maybe don’t act like electing Trump is the end of the world?
Did this force Page to speak out? Or is it the fact that the IG discovered evidence “that an unidentified lower-level FBI lawyer falsified a key document used to obtain a secret surveillance warrant against a former Trump adviser?”
To me, Page wants to come across as sympathetic as a way to lessen the blow over the IG report. We do not know yet if the IG will name her or Strzok as being the ones who committed any crimes.
Trump has done nothing to discredit Page, Strzok, or the FBI. They did it to themselves. IG Michael Horowitz concluded in a previous report that “the anti-Trump and pro-Clinton messages from Strzok, Page, Clinesmith, and two other FBI employees ‘brought discredit to themselves’ while harming the bureau’s reputation and sowing doubt on the impartiality of the FBI’s Clinton emails investigation.”
Horowitz stressed that “damage caused by their actions ‘goes to the heart of the FBI’s reputation for neutral fact-finding and political independence.'”
Lots of people saw right through Page.
A reminder that Robert Mueller removed Peter Strzok from the Special Counsel investigation because of his texts with Lisa Page https://t.co/qZ5CjUZrtf
— JERRY DUNLEAVY (@JerryDunleavy) December 2, 2019
Cry more, homewrecker pic.twitter.com/vxDlrU92R7
— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) December 2, 2019
“I am informed by the DOJ IG’s office that I’m under investigation for political text messages and honestly, I have no idea what they’re talking about it.”
Page: “He’s [Trump] not ever going to become president, right? Right?!”
Strzok:“We’ll stop it” pic.twitter.com/oNeX3TfHN2
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) December 2, 2019
You’re not a victim… but nice try.
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) December 2, 2019
Make sure to bleachbit this account after you’re done using it
— Jack Posobiec ?? (@JackPosobiec) December 2, 2019
BREAKING: Woman can’t keep quiet. https://t.co/ozxItSDPQK
— Jesse Kelly (@JesseKellyDC) December 2, 2019
Strzok’s wife must have felt the same way after finding out about the affair. https://t.co/946tidF5pV
— Sean Agnew (@seanagnew) December 2, 2019
This condescension and ad hominem combined with a refusal to grapple with any of the litany of issues concerning the conduct of Lisa Page in conjunction with her colleagues—while you’re trying to make her a sympathetic victim coincidentally on eve of IG report—speaks for itself https://t.co/4PQl7IbHLL
— Benjamin Weingarten (@bhweingarten) December 2, 2019
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