Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page spoke out after two years of enduring smears from the president following the release of some text messages she sent that were critical of him. In an extended interview with the Daily Beast, Page explained that she had remained silent all this time in the hopes that he would eventually stop dragging her name through the mud, but Trump is no ordinary troll.
“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.”
Read this! The most powerful man in the world fakes an orgasm at a rally to scapegoat a career public servant, a woman, in the most vile way. This used to be unacceptable. But now? Women need to vote as women: “Lisa Page Speaks” https://t.co/4jubmW9fF4— Maya Wiley (@mayawiley) December 2, 2019
Page became a target of Trump and his supporters after texts between her and FBI agent Peter Strzok reacting negatively to the results of the 2016 election came out. The right freaked out about Page expressing disbelief that the man was going to be president and Strzok saying they would “stop it” from happening.
The news about the texts was quickly overshadowed by everything that Trump has said and done since then, but the president could never let it go. He repeatedly focused on the reports that Page and Strzok had a sexual relationship, even going so far as to mime an imaginary orgasm between the two of them at a rally less than two months ago.
This was the moment Lisa Page knew she had to take back her power. https://t.co/vJlsLDAerN— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) December 2, 2019
Trump, of course, responded to the interview by attacking Page once again, calling her and Strzok “lovers” in a tweet.
When Lisa Page, the lover of Peter Strzok, talks about being “crushed”, and how innocent she is, ask her to read Peter’s “Insurance Policy” text, to her, just in case Hillary loses. Also, why were the lovers text messages scrubbed after he left Mueller. Where are they Lisa?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 2, 2019
“It’s like being punched in the gut,” Page said of Trump’s attacks. “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.”
A Justice Department report is expected to be released on December 9 that will likely exonerate Page of any accusations of political bias or lack of professionalism, according to leaked press accounts. However, knowing Trump, it’s unlikely that the report would cause him to drop the issue. So Page decided to add her voice to the narrative, which she is allowed to do 18 months after leaving her position at the FBI.
This @MollyJongFast interview with Lisa Page is extraordinary. "It’s crushing to see the noble Justice Department, my Justice Department, the place I grew up in, feel like it’s abandoned its principles of truth and independence." https://t.co/dfVlB6lm1p— David Roberts (@drvox) December 2, 2019
Although she’s not happy with the Justice Department for releasing her texts and allowing Trump to blow up her life, she still laments what happened to a department that was such a huge part of her.
“It’s very painful to see to places like the FBI and the Department of Justice that represent so much of what is excellent about this country, not fulfilling the critical obligation that they have to speak truth to power,” she said.
“And it’s crushing to see the noble Justice Department, my Justice Department, the place I grew up in, feel like it’s abandoned its principles of truth and independence.”
We feel that in our bones, Page.
Obviously the FBI agents who knew the most about Trump's treachery would be privately horrified by the prospect of his presidency. One of Trump's most depraved accomplishments was to turn their fear into an indictment of them, rather than him. https://t.co/pgaoe6rCZ5— Michelle Goldberg (@michelleinbklyn) December 2, 2019
Daily Beast contributor Molly Jong-Fast, who interviewed Page, explains exactly why the treatment of the former FBI lawyer is such a grim representation of the current administration.
“It’s tempting to describe this as just part of Trump’s deep, baked-in misogyny and sociopathy, but in Page’s case it’s worse; it’s a sign of how deeply he’s corrupted the government to serve his will and his whims,” writes Jong-Fast. “His apologists have become part of Trump’s own squad of witch-hunters, hunting fantasies like ‘Ukrainian interference’ while attacking the people who tried to protect us from Russian attacks.”
Witch hunters like Senator John Kennedy? It’s only Monday, folks.