Trump mocks FBI's Lisa Page again citing debunked text-message conspiracy

Trump mocks FBI's Lisa Page again citing debunked text-message conspiracy

Her text messages with Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Peter Strzok, with whom she was having an extramarital affair, showed intense hatred of Trump and preference for Clinton, his 2016 presidential rival.

Page was thrust into the national spotlight with the disclosure of text messages she exchanged with then-FBI agent Peter Strzok critical of Trump when he was a presidential candidate. While IG Michael Horowitz is expected to criticize at least one low-level Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer - who altered a document in his FISA court request to surveil Carter Page - the report is largely expected to exonerate Page of any wrongdoing, a finding she's maintained since the IG first opened a review of her text messages.

"It's like being punched in the gut", Page told Molly Jong-Fast of The Daily Beast.

Page resigned after members of former special counsel Robert Mueller's team uncovered her texts with Strzok, who was dismissed from Mueller's team because of them.

Justice Department 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.

She said that she is anxious if someone makes eye contact with her on public transport, and that she tries to steer clear of anybody wearing a MAGA hat, to reduce her chances of coming into conflict with a Trump supporter, pointing out that it is "very intimidating because he's still the president of the United States".

At at October 11 rally in Minneapolis, Minn., Trump famously acted out Strzok having an orgasm as he called out Page's name. In July, the president asked why Mueller did not investigate Strzok, Page, and a host of other characters involved in the investigation of the Trump campaign. When the president accuses you of treason by name, despite the fact that I know there's no fathomable way I've committed any crime at all, he's still somebody in a position to actually do something about that, to try to further destroy my life. "I chose to take my power back".

"It never goes away or stops, even when he's not publicly attacking me", she added.

Page accused the Department of Justice (DOJ) of selectively leaking some of her text messages to reporters in late 2017.

Trump has yet to comment on the Daily Beast interview.

She said Trump's public ridicule of her, including on Twitter, made her wary about being spotted in public.

"I'm not asking you to edit it this weekend, I just wanted to send it to you, and hopefully it doesn't need much more editing".

"Honestly, his demeaning fake orgasm was really the straw that broke the camel's back", she told the website.

A recent Trump attack motivated Page finally to speak out, she said.

- YupItsMe (@Thomasdiscerns) December 2, 2019If Lisa Page can't describe a 1 min clip accurately, then I don't know how she expects anyone to believe her lies about her innocence. "But having an opinion and sharing that opinion publicly or privately with another person is squarely within the permissible bounds of the Hatch Act".

What she was anxious about at the time, however, was that an official investigation into her texts would reveal a "deeply personal secret": her affair with Strzok. "So I'm really not all that anxious about it".

But the report found no evidence connecting the decision-making in the Clinton probe to political bias.

But Page's statement that the incident spurred her to come out was challenged, because we live in a weird freakish world where her seeing the president talk about her having sex COULDN'T have been her seeing the president talking about her having sex. Tweeting shortly after his longtime political adviser Roger Stone was convicted of lying to Congress and witness tampering, Trump wondered why Page, among others, was not in jail too.

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