You remember former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, don’t you gentle readers? She was part of the cabal at the top of the FBI food chain intent on preventing Donald Trump from being elected, and thereafter, working to depose him. She, and FBI agent Peter Strzok, worked together on that project, even the Mueller investigation, and in the process, had an affair.
I don’t care about the affair, nor should you, except that the emotional attachment the two conspirators shared caused them to text each other like love-starved teenagers many, many times every day, and in so doing revealed the depth and depravity of their participation in a larger coup attempt. Even now, many of those supposedly “lost” texts are being discovered. Ms. Page has been comparatively quiet about her participation until now, as Fox News reports:
Honestly, his demeaning fake orgasm was really the straw that broke the camel’s back.’
With those striking words in an interview published late Sunday, Lisa Page, the ex-FBI lawyer who carried on an extramarital affair with former FBI head of counterintelligence Peter Strzok as the two exchanged anti-Trump text messages, said she was breaking her silence.
The 39-year-old Page was referring to Trump’s comments about her and Strzok at an October rally. During the event, Trump performed a passionate, dramatic reading of Strzok and Page’s August 2016 text messages, including Strzok’s conspicuous promise to Page that “we’ll stop” Trump from becoming president. At the time, Strzok was overseeing the Hillary Clinton email investigation and the probe into the Trump campaign.
At one point, Trump screamed out, “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!” (Conservative commentators have disputed that Trump was mimicking an orgasm.)
Take this link to Powerline, where you can see the video of Mr. Trump’s mocking of Page and Strzok for yourself. You’ll notice he is not doing anything that could reasonably be construed as screaming, nor is he faking an orgasm. It would be reasonable to think him imitating Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet in their overwrought passion for their passion. In so doing, he is indeed making fun of Strzok and Page, but in the context of reasonably branding them malicious partisans participating in a seditious conspiracy to overturn a lawful presidential election. The FBI, and Robert Mueller, apparently agreed as Strzok and Page were removed from any role in the Mueller investigation, Page resigned from the FBI in May of 2018, and Strzok was fired.
Page spoke exclusively to The Daily Beast Sunday in a highly sympathetic profile authored by Molly Jong-Fast, who called Strzok ‘hawt’ in a tweet last year. In the interview, Page said Trump’s remarks had forced her to confront the president publicly.
‘I had stayed quiet for years hoping it would fade away, but instead it got worse,’ Page said. ‘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.’
She’s taking her power back. Who will restore the reputation the FBI once had, a reputation she was instrumental in destroying? From whence does that power come? Who will repair the damage to America? Who will restore the reputations and lives she and others like her irreparably damaged?
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.’
President Trump has indeed, and occasionally, mentioned Page, but his statements have been accurate and truthful, made in the context of criticizing her role in the ongoing coup. We might also consider that Mr. Trump likely knows much more about her activities than we do.
‘But it’s also very intimidating because he’s still the president of the United States,’ Page said.
There’s much of Page’s, and her co-conspirator’s, problem: Donald Trump is still, despite their best efforts, President.
‘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.
“No fathomable way?” We’ll discuss this shortly, but let’s return to Ms. Page’s agony:
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.
Notice Page is not complaining that Trump supporters have actually accosted her or chased her out of restaurants or other public places, as is common with anti-Trump cracktivists. Page’s misery seems to be “always in my head.” A guilty conscience will tend to do that to you.
Why, then, is Page going public? Could it be because the Inspector General’s report on her role in the coup has been made public? We now know Horowitz has claimed the FBI was justified in investigating the Trump campaign. He also said he found no indication of political bias. AG Barr and US Attorney Dunham have taken the extraordinary step of publicly disagreed with Horowitz on those assertions. Any rational person knowing of Page and Strzok’s texts and actions could come to no conclusion other than that Page and Strzok, and others, were politically biased and there was not sufficient evidence to justify their actions.
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.
Here Page nears the truth:
Comey’s firing shortly after Trump took office, Page said, was ‘totally within the authority of the president,’ but at the same time was ‘unprecedented and unimaginable given the circumstances.’
Circumstances? Such as Comey lying to the president, protecting Hillary Clinton and her cronies from their many crimes, usurping the role and authority of the Attorney General, lying to a FISA judge to obtain unlawful warrants, and playing a key role in a seditious coup? Those circumstances?
It was horrible,’ Page said. ‘It was a devastating moment at the FBI. It was like a funeral, only worse, because at least when someone dies, you get to come together and celebrate and talk about that person. He was still alive. But he was inaccessible to us. It jolted the ranks and the investigation. It was so abrupt. He was there one day and gone the next. … The president fired him with the knowledge that, of course, we were investigating Russian contacts with his campaign. I mean, it just gave the aura of an obstructive effort.
I’m sure it “jolted the ranks,” because for the first time in their careers, they were scared to death they might actually be subject to the law. And even Robert Mueller—actually, the rabid Leftists that actually ran his investigation—could not come up with an obstruction charge, likely because as Page noted, Mr. Trump was entirely within his constitutional authority in firing Comey. A lawyer should know better than to sling false, impossible to prove charges. This is precious:
Page said that when internal DOJ investigators said she was under investigation for anti-Trump text messages, she had no idea what they were talking about — and maintained, as Strzok has, that she is capable of separating her personal life from work.
Anyone that has read her texts to Strzok might be forgiven for suspecting she knew very well what they were talking about, and that she could not separate her personal life from work. After all, she and Strzok were conspiring against Trump on a daily basis, and plotting his destruction. Their texts also made more than clear their disdain for normal Americans.
What’s happening is known as “getting out in front of” a soon to be released, damaging revelations. She is also suing the government over the release of her e-mails. I am not without sympathy for the families of Page and Strzok, but I have little for them. I hope, for the rule of law and the good of the nation, that Page, Strzok, Comey, McCabe, and all others that violated the law in the continuing coup will be prosecuted with all the fervor the Department of Justice routinely unleashes on normal Americans. Only that can begin the long process of restoring trust and confidence in the FBI, the DOJ and other essential American agencies.
Ms. Page might profitably worry about that.
NOTE: Tomorrow, I’ll post an article relating to the release of the IG’s report.