Lisa Page, the former FBI attorney whose biased text messages cast a cloud over the two biggest investigations during the 2016 presidential campaign, made her first public comments in an interview published on Dec. 1.
“Its like being punched in the gut,” Page told The Daily Beast. “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. Hes demeaning me and my career. Its sickening.”
Page played key roles in the investigations into Secretary of State Hillary Clintons use of an unauthorized email server and allegations of collusion between members of the Trump campaign and Russia to sway the 2016 election. Her text messages with FBI agent Peter Strzok, with whom she was having an extramarital affair, showed intense hatred of Trump and a preference for Clinton, his 2016 presidential rival.
Special counsel Robert Mueller removed Strzok from the Russia investigation in late July 2017 upon learning of his text messages. Page left the special counsels office earlier the same month.
Since their text messages became public in January 2018, Trump and his supporters have criticized Strzok and Page, accusing them of spying on the Trump campaign and orchestrating a coup to derail the presidency after Trump won the election.
Page said she still feels intimidated whenever the president writes about her on Twitter. Trump mentioned Page in a message days before she was interviewed. In July, the president asked why Mueller didnt investigate Strzok, Page, and a host of other characters involved in the investigation of the Trump campaign.
“And when the president accuses you of treason by name, despite the fact that I know theres no fathomable way that I have committed any crime at all, let alone treason, hes still somebody in a position to actually do something about that,” Page said. “To try to further destroy my life. It never goes away or stops, even when hes not publicly attacking me.”
Justice Department (DOJ) Inspector General Michael Horowitz concluded in a 2018 report that the bias expressed in the Page–Strzok text messages “cast a cloud” over the Clinton email investigation. But Horowitz couldnt establish that the bias affected any investigative decisions.
Horowitz recently concluded a review of the actions taken by Page and others related to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant that the FBI obtained to spy on Trump campaign associate Carter Page. The core of the evidence in the application for the FISA warrant consisted of unverified claims in a dossier composed by Christopher Steele, a former British spy. Steele paid second- and third-hand sources with ties to the Kremlin to obtain the information for the dossier. Clintons 2016 presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee funded Steeles work, a fact the FBI and DOJ omitted from the warrant application.
Attorney General William Barr assigned a federal prosecutor earlier this year to investigate the surveillance of the Trump campaign, which wasnt limited to the FISA spying. The prosecutor, John Durham, has reportedly recently shifted the inquiry into a criminal investigation.
Page said that the fact that she was having an affair was leaked to the press, despite assurances from Horowitz that the matter would remain secret.
“So now I have to deal with the aftermath of having the most wrong thing Ive ever done in my life become public,” said Page, who is married, with two small children. “And thats when I become the source of the presidents personal mockery and insults.”
Page accused the DOJ of selectively leaking some of her text messages to reporters in late 2017. She also said she feels like the department has “abandoned its principles of truth and independence,” and that she was betrayed by the FBI.
The Justice Department didnt respond to a request from The Epoch Times for comment.
In their text messages, Page and Strzok expressed animus toward Trump, spoke of stopping him from becoming president, discussed an “insurance policy” in the “unlikely event” he won the presidency, and mulled “impeachment” after the appointment of special counsel Mueller.
“Those texts were selected for their political impact. They lack a lot of context. Many of them arent even about him or me,” Page said.
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