Lisa Page Speaks: ‘There’s No Fathomable Way I Have Committed Any Crime at All’

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The former FBI lawyer and ongoing Trump target breaks two years of silence in this exclusive interview. And she has quite a lot to say.

It’s not often that you interview a subject who has no interest in being famous. But recently, I did just that when I sat down with Lisa Page the week before Thanksgiving in my hotel room in Washington, D.C. Page, of course, is the former FBI lawyer whose text-message exchanges with agent Peter Strzok that belittled Donald Trump and expressed fear at his possible victory became international news. They were hijacked by Trump to fuel his “deep state” conspiracy.

For the nearly two years since her name first made the papers, she’s been publicly silent (she did have a closed-door interview with House members in July 2018). I asked her why she was willing to talk 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.”

She is also about to be back in the news cycle in a big way. On Dec. 9, the Justice Department inspector general report into Trump’s charges that the FBI spied on his 2016 campaign will come out. Leaked press accounts indicate the report will exonerate Page of the allegation that she acted unprofessionally or showed bias against Trump.

How does it feel after all this time to finally have the IG apparently affirm what she’s been saying all along? She said she wouldn’t discuss the findings until they were officially public, but she did note: “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. The president has a very loud megaphone.”

Page, 39, is thin and athletic. She speaks in an exceedingly confident, clear, and lawyerly way. But having been through the MAGA meat grinder has clearly worn her down, not unlike the other women I’ve met who’ve been subjected to the president’s abuse. She is just slightly crumbly around the edges the way the president’s other victims are.

"My heart drops to my stomach when I realize he has tweeted about me again."

“It’s almost impossible to describe” what it’s like, she told me. “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.”

“But it’s also very intimidating because he’s still the president of the United States. 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.”

Does it affect you in your normal day-to-day life?

“I wish it didn’t,” she said. “I’m someone who’s always in my head anyway—so now otherwise normal interactions take on a different meaning. 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.”

Rising Through the Ranks
Lisa Page did not aspire to fame or fortune. She was, she says, “one of those nerdy kids who from very early on knew I wanted work for the government and make the world a better place.” Born in the San Fernando Valley, she and her family moved to Ohio in her teens. She went to American University in Washington, D.C., and then moved back home to central Ohio to attend law school, living with her parents so she could save money.

After graduating from law school, she was one of an elite group selected for admission in the Department of Justice Honors Program in 2006—and the only woman in her class of five entering the Criminal Division. She worked as a federal prosecutor for six years before moving across the street to the FBI’s office of general counsel. Soon after her arrival, the deputy general counsel over national-security law hired her for a new special-counsel-type position in 2013.

Once there, her path begins to be set.

“I start [in the role] in early 2013, and there are two big events that kind of set the trajectory for the rest of my career at the FBI: the Boston bombing in April 2013, and Edward Snowden’s leaks in June of the same year,” she told me. “And those are both significant in their own ways, because the Boston bombing introduces me to Andy McCabe, who at the time was the head of the counterterrorism division at the FBI. Two months later, the Snowden leaks hit, which became a transformative moment for the intelligence community, setting off a series of reforms by the Obama administration with respect to the legal authorities that we rely on to collect intelligence.”

Eventually, she was asked to lead that effort, “which gives me a lot of exposure to senior FBI executives, as well as leaders through the IC, DOJ, and White House.”

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Obviously, Trump can't LEAVE it at insults. But now....Donny entered a whole new world---the world of Fake Orgasms.

Donald Trump’s “demeaning fake orgasm” was “the straw that broke the camel’s back” and made Lisa Page determined to speak out, the former FBI lawyer has said, breaking her silence in a wide-ranging interview with the Daily Beast.
Apparently pretending to have an orgasm, the president said: “I love you, Peter! I love you too Lisa! Lisa, I love you. Lisa, Lisa, Oh God, I love you, Lisa.
“And if [Hillary Clinton] doesn’t win, Lisa, we’ve got an insurance policy, Lisa! We’ll get that son of a bitch out.”

But the Trump supporters want us to be respectful? To respect the OFFICE of the presidency?

 
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Trump tweets about the ‘lovely Lisa Page’ and everyone is confused
No one knows what’s going on.

President Donald Trump railed against Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election on Wednesday morning. It was a perfectly normal occurrence, except this time the president used an adjective to describe one of his frequent targets that caught the eye of several Twitter users.

Over the course of the morning, Trump called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to “stop” the “Rigged Witch Hunt” and claimed (again) that it was a “hoax.” He also said the investigation—which has alleged that Russian actors sowed discord among American voters online ahead of the election and Russian intelligence officials hacked into the DNC—was tearing the country apart.

'So many in the FBI have been hurt by these CLOWNS and LOSERS!' Trump hammers Comey, McCabe, Strzok and his 'lovely' lover Lisa for damaging the bureau - but becomes a Twitter laughing stock for referring to their 'text massages'
  • President Donald Trump tweeted on Saturday calling current and former members of the FBI 'clowns and losers' that have hurt others in the bureau
  • He also suggested that the FBI may be hiding something by not releasing former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe's texts
  • In the post, Trump mistakenly wrote 'massages' rather than 'messages'
  • Trump later deleted both tweets and reposted them, correcting the first error
  • Social media users were quick to notice, though, and blasted Trump online
  • His second tweet also contained a typo, where he used the wrong from of 'its,' and wrote the contraction for 'it is' rather than the possessive form of the word
  • He called for McCabe's texts to be sent to a conservative watchdog media outlet
  • What Trump may be referring to in the thread are text messages exchanged between FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page, who had an affair
  • They exchanged a text referencing an 'Andy,' which may have been referring to Andrew McCabe; If Trump meant something else by the tweet, it's unclear Trump slams Comey, McCabe, Strzok and his lover 'the lovely Lisa Page'
 
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Trump tweets about the ‘lovely Lisa Page’ and everyone is confused
No one knows what’s going on.

President Donald Trump railed against Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election on Wednesday morning. It was a perfectly normal occurrence, except this time the president used an adjective to describe one of his frequent targets that caught the eye of several Twitter users.

Over the course of the morning, Trump called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to “stop” the “Rigged Witch Hunt” and claimed (again) that it was a “hoax.” He also said the investigation—which has alleged that Russian actors sowed discord among American voters online ahead of the election and Russian intelligence officials hacked into the DNC—was tearing the country apart.

'So many in the FBI have been hurt by these CLOWNS and LOSERS!' Trump hammers Comey, McCabe, Strzok and his 'lovely' lover Lisa for damaging the bureau - but becomes a Twitter laughing stock for referring to their 'text massages'
  • President Donald Trump tweeted on Saturday calling current and former members of the FBI 'clowns and losers' that have hurt others in the bureau
  • He also suggested that the FBI may be hiding something by not releasing former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe's texts
  • In the post, Trump mistakenly wrote 'massages' rather than 'messages'
  • Trump later deleted both tweets and reposted them, correcting the first error
  • Social media users were quick to notice, though, and blasted Trump online
  • His second tweet also contained a typo, where he used the wrong from of 'its,' and wrote the contraction for 'it is' rather than the possessive form of the word
  • He called for McCabe's texts to be sent to a conservative watchdog media outlet
  • What Trump may be referring to in the thread are text messages exchanged between FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page, who had an affair
  • They exchanged a text referencing an 'Andy,' which may have been referring to Andrew McCabe; If Trump meant something else by the tweet, it's unclear Trump slams Comey, McCabe, Strzok and his lover 'the lovely Lisa Page'
Can you get through a thread without you posting biased garbage with every post? No one wants to see you compound the crap with sources that are in lock step. You need to start a propaganda thread and make it available to everyone else who cannot think for themselves. That is what your contributions amount to. You must think very little of the people who actually believe you.
 
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there's been so much weird shit that's come from trump's presidency and "the lovers" is right up there. probably at least in my top 10

the fake orgasm thing trump did was stupid and I normally love sex jokes (I guess it kind of has to be funny to be considered a "joke" though)