Trump Attacks ‘Lover of Peter Strzok’ Lisa Page After Daily Beast Profile

Trump Attacks ‘Lover of Peter Strzok’ Lisa Page After Daily Beast Profile

Trump Attacks ‘Lover of Peter Strzok’ Lisa Page After Daily Beast Profile

In the roughly two years since Page made national headlines after politically charged text messages between her and then-senior Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Peter Strzok were released, the lawyer has refrained from publicly addressing the events that catapulted her into the center of a political firestorm and made her a repeated target of President Donald Trump's ire. Strzok was dismissed from Robert Mueller's team once the text messages were uncovered by internal investigations.

Page kept a low profile while she was the target of Trump's tweets but was spurred to speak out after the rally, during which Trump screamed out, "I love you, Lisa!"

At the event in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Trump read out personal messages sent between Page and Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Peter Strzok in August 2016 which included one that said "we'll stop" Trump from becoming president.

The messages between Page and Strzok have been cited by Trump and congressional Republicans as evidence of alleged political bias at the FBI and Justice Department during the investigations of interference in the 2016 presidential campaign and Hillary Clinton's handling of emails when she was secretary of state. "But a special counsel official who reviewed Strzok's iPhone before it was reset found it contained no substantive messages".

She spoke out ahead of the release of the Justice Department inspector general's report on the Russian Federation investigation, which is expected to debunk many of Trump's claims about the FBI's investigation into his campaign's ties to Russian Federation.

She continued: "But it's also very intimidating because he's still the president of the United States".

President Trump took notice.

"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.

Page said she would like to say the president's attacks don't interfere with her daily life but it's hard, saying she will "wince" if she thinks someone could recognize her on the Metro.

Page says the texts that were released were "cherry-picked" and "selected for their political impact", adding that she wasn't given the chance to put them in context.

Also, read @mzhemingway thread on the so-called faked orgasm that Page says spurred her to go public. Many on social media thanked Page for finally speaking out, while others lambasted her for partisanship.

She told The Daily Beast that what Trump did was a "truly reprehensible, degrading stunt", adding, "Honestly, his demeaning fake orgasm was really the straw that broke the camel's back".

It's nearly impossible to describe.It's like being punched in the gut. "But having an opinion and sharing that opinion publicly or privately with another person is squarely within the permissible bounds of the Hatch Act", she said.

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. "I really appreciate your time and edits", he concluded.

In their text messages, Page and Strzok expressed animus toward Trump, spoke of stopping him from becoming president, discussed an "insurance policy" in the "unlikely event" he won the presidency and mulled "impeachment" after the appointment of special counsel Mueller.

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.

Mr Strzok and Ms Page were removed from the inquiry once their August 2016 messages came to light.

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