Lisa Page, Ex-F.B.I. Lawyer Whose Texts Criticized Trump, Breaks Silence

Lisa Page, Ex-F.B.I. Lawyer Whose Texts Criticized Trump, Breaks Silence

In an interview with The Daily Beast, Ms. Page said that after years of keeping quiet, she was ready to defend herself against the president’s attacks. “I decided to take my power back,” she said.

Lisa Page, the former F.B.I. lawyer who became a frequent target of President Trump after criticizing him in text messages during his candidacy in 2016, ended nearly two years of public silence in an interview with The Daily Beast published on Sunday.

Since her text messages were made public in 2017, Ms. Page has often been singled out by Mr. Trump, who has brought up her name at political rallies and in dozens of tweets.

“It’s like being punched in the gut,” Ms. Page said in her interview last month with the writer Molly Jong-Fast. “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.”

Ms. Page, who worked for the F.B.I. on both the Clinton email and Russia investigations, criticized Mr. Trump during his candidacy in text exchanges with another bureau official, Peter Strzok, an agent with whom she was having an extramarital affair.

The texts were released in December 2017. In them, Ms. Page and Mr. Strzok had expressed fear that Mr. Trump could win the presidential election.

“This man cannot be president,” Ms. Page wrote in March 2016.

“She just has to win now,” she said in a July 2016 message, referring to Hillary Clinton. “I’m not going to lie, I got a flash of nervousness yesterday about Trump.”

In his texts to Ms. Page, Mr. Strzok referred to Mr. Trump as an “idiot” and a “douche.” Shortly before the 2016 election, he wrote that the prospect of a Trump presidency made him “scared for our organization.”

Intelligence agencies have determined that the Russian government carried out a multipronged attack on the 2016 presidential election with the ultimate aim of helping Mr. Trump get elected. But the text messages fueled suspicion among Republicans that the investigation into connections between the Trump campaign and Russia was politically motivated, and that the F.B.I. and intelligence agencies — what Mr. Trump has called “the deep state” — were conspiring against the president.

Mr. Trump has mocked the relationship between Ms. Page and Mr. Strzok and accused them of being part of a “witch hunt.”

Source: New York Times

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