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Federal Bureau of Investigation agent mocked by Trump speaks out

Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page leaves following an interview with lawmakers behind closed doors on Capitol Hill in D.C Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page leaves following an interview with lawmakers behind closed doors on Capitol Hill in D.C
Deanna Wagner | 04 December, 2019, 18:30

Lisa Page, the now-famous former FBI lawyer who was outed as an adulterous anti-Donald Trumper during the now-defunct - nothing to see there, go home, folks - Russian Federation collusion-slash-conflict-of-interest investigation into the president, has come forward, finally, to publicly speak.

Page chose to give her first public remarks to a partisan writer notorious for extreme anti-Trump views.

Trump frequently attacks and mocks Page and Strzok at his rallies and in photo ops, calling them "the lovers" and accusing them of politically motivated attacks on his presidency.

Page now says the texts were "squarely within the permissible bounds of the Hatch Act", the federal regulation prohibiting executive branch employees from engaging in political activity, and that she had "no idea what they're talking about", when the Department of Justice Inspector General's Office told her she was being investigated over the political messages, in July 2017.

"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?" she said. But she's no Monica Lewinsky.

Now, in a vast-ranging interview, Internet page slammed Trump for his "sickening" attacks in opposition to her and printed how she has struggled to preserve up her existence collectively.

Former FBI Lawyer Lisa Page and fired FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok exchanged anti-Trump text messages during their time at the bureau.

Page is hardly a fresh-faced newbie, naive in the ways of politics, unschooled of the goings-on of Deep State style strategizing.

"Those texts were selected for their political impact", she said.

Now she's striking the innocent pose.

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On Sunday, the Daily Beast published journalist Molly Jong-Fast's interview with Page, who spoke for the first time about the experience of being targeted by the president over her text message conversations with Strzok, with whom she was romantically involved. However, Biggs said, she wants to "spin it up" and play victim, which he calls "incredible hutzpah".

"It had been so hard not to defend myself, to let people who hate me control the narrative", Page said. I made a decision to regain my power.

"He's demeaning me and my career", she said. "The president has a very loud megaphone".

Jong-Fast then says Page finally agreed to be interviewed after Trump's rally in Minneapolis on October 11 when "his demeaning fake orgasm" forced her out of the shadows. Those institutions "represent so much of what is excellent about this country", but now "my Justice Department, the place I grew up in, feel like it's abandoned its principles of truth and independence." . "Also, why were the lovers text messages scrubbed after he left Mueller".

Page going public comes just over a week before Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz is scheduled to release his report on alleged government surveillance abuses against Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, and the Bureau's use of former MI6 operative Christopher Steele as an informant despite internal misgivings about his credibility.

These messages no longer handiest sparked an legit ethics investigation but moreover fueled accusations from the president and his supporters that the federal company's probe into the Trump marketing campaign modified into prejudiced in opposition to him.

"They lack a lot of context", she said. "And when it occurs, it'll must always restful fabricate of upend my day. You don't really get used to it".

"It's particularly devastating to be betrayed by an organization I still care about so deeply", she said.

Yet her canonization is fully underway this week, led by liberals who were once concerned about law-enforcement abuse.