Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, who is at the heart of the controversial theory that the FBI had spied on the Trump campaign and that operatives within the agency had it “out” for the president, says she is disgusted by Trump’s ongoing attacks on her and her character.
She says, for the most part, she has taken Trump’s twitter-storms directed at her in stride and has mostly ignored them, however, she says Trump’s latest attack on her — in which he mocked her having an orgasm – was too much. She says the attack was so low and callous that, when she says it, it felt like she was “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,” said Page.
Page, who bashed Trump in text messages to her special-agent boyfriend, Peter Strzok told The Daily Beast that she finally decided to speak out after the president acted out a fake orgasm to mock her texts with Strzok during a recent rally in Minneapolis.
“Honestly, his demeaning fake orgasm was really the straw that broke the camel’s back,” she told the online news site. “I had stayed quiet for years hoping it would fade away, but instead it got worse,” she 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.”
Page also stressed that she had not done anything wrong, despite the president’s allegations.
A Justice Department Inspector General report into allegations by Trump that the FBI spied on his 2016 campaign, is expected to be released Dec. 9.
“While it would be nice to have the IG confirm publicly that my personal opinions had absolutely no bearing on the course of the Russia investigations, I don’t kid myself that the fact will matter very much for a lot of people,” she said, referring to the allegations made by Trump. “The president has a very loud megaphone.”
Page was thrust into the public eye in December 2017 when the Department of Justice released hundreds of text messages between her and Peter Strzok, which showed the pair mocking Trump and his supporters — calling the then-candidate a “disaster.”
Strzok was the lead investigator into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and Hillary Clinton’s use of her personal email server. Page resigned from the department in May 2018.
Page has reason to be aggrieved by Trump’s mockery. However, nothing she says in The Daily Beast article assuages concerns about her unprofessional and partisan conduct. The former FBI lawyer is, at the very least, someone whose unprofessional behavior compromised the integrity of an investigation into the president.
She can be rightly offended by Trump’s jeering behavior, however, in “coming out of the shadows,” Page never apologizes, never attempts to explain why she had exchanged highly partisan text messages with Strzok while investigations into two presidential candidates were ongoing. Not once does she try to justify, or even acknowledge any of her own unethical behavior.