FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok points down the hallway as he arrives for a House Committees on the Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform joint hearing, Thursday, July 12, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Lisa Page, who had an ongoing affair with Peter Strzok as he helped lead the Trump-Russia investigation is tired of being quiet. She’s decided to go to The Daily Beast to get the plaudits that always accompany any person who slaps at the orange man.
Ironically, despite showing blatant official bias against then candidate Trump, Page is seeking to paint herself as a victim. There’s some other eye gouging details as well.
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.
As you can see, this is setting up to be a really unbiased, completely objective interview.
The interview begins by letting Page claim that she’s taking “back her power” because Trump made fun of her by faking an orgasm at rally. If you don’t remember that, it’s because it didn’t happen. Trump was simply making fun of the fact that Page and Strzok were having an affair at the time. He didn’t “fake an orgasm.”
The interview also claims that Page will be “exonerated” by the coming IG report of ever acting unprofessionally or with bias toward Trump. That’s highly unlikely (although he may find no official or criminal act), but what we do know that the same IG has already found bias in his previous report involving Page. So claims of exoneration seem a bit silly.
Many note Lisa Page has decided to talk on eve of IG report release. True. But IG has already written (in 2018) that Page & Strzok caused damage that 'goes to the heart of the FBI's reputation for neutral factfinding and political independence.' https://t.co/8BjabXS5vp pic.twitter.com/7MomA18Shp
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Page would continue by talking about how sickening it is that the President would criticize her.
“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.”
Here’s an idea. Maybe don’t talk about interfering in an election using official devices while having an affair with a colleague if you don’t want your name out there? Lisa Page is not a victim. She’s received nothing but back slaps and support from 90% of the media-sphere.
The fact is, if we weren’t talking about government work, Page would have been fired with prejudice long ago, if for no other reason than her relational misconduct on the job. But this is government work we are talking about, so she’s a victim having her life destroyed, as if getting a fat federal paycheck and benefits unto eternity is a God given entitlement or something.
I don’t want to quote too much because there are fair use rules, but I’ll share this last excerpt to show how insulated and delusional these people are.
From summer 2016 to spring 2017, Page worked for McCabe, who had become deputy director. They were very busy, but things were largely normal. And then, on May 9, 2017, FBI Director Comey was fired. What was that like?
“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.”
Political appointees get fired all the time and Comey had already given plenty of cause. Never should someone be so ingrained in the system that their firing produces that kind of reaction. The melodramatics are insufferable.
Page then continues with this take.
Was that very unusual?
“Well, I mean, all of it was!” she replied. “The FBI director had just been fired. Yes, it was totally within the authority of the president, but it was unprecedented and unimaginable given the circumstances. 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.”
She doesn’t even see the irony here. Page complains that Trump’s actions gave the “aura” of an obstructive effort and that makes them wrong. Yet, she apparently can’t grasp that her actions with Strzok, from the affair to their biased rhetoric, also gave the aura of the FBI targeting the President. Not only did they provide the aura of such, they served as evidence it happened.
There’s a lot more there, but interviewer never pushes her on any topic. It’s a cuddle session with a mainstream “journalist” and nothing more.
Page, Strzok, McCabe, and Comey have done so much to damage the FBI and trust in the institution. Instead of owning it and admitting their mistakes, they play victim and claim they did nothing wrong. These are the kinds of people currently still running our government behind the scenes. When you realize that, you realize exactly how we’ve gotten to the point we are at today.
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