President Trump on Monday, Dec. 2, fired back at former FBI lawyer Lisa Page after she claimed that she feels “crushed” by his criticism involving her infamous anti-Trump text messages with her apparent lover—former FBI head of counterintelligence Peter Strzok.
“When Lisa Page, the lover of Peter Strzok, talks about being ‘crushed,’ and how innocent she is, ask her to read Peter’s ‘Insurance Policy’ text, to her, just in case Hillary loses. Also, why were the lovers text messages scrubbed after he left Mueller. Where are they Lisa?” President Trump tweeted.
Page, 39, seems to attempt to depict herself as a victim in an interview with the Daily Beast published Sunday, claiming that she decided to break silence after the president mocked her and Strzok during an October rally in Minneapolis.
“It’s almost impossible to describe,” Page said, according to the Daily Beast. “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.”
However, Page did not bring up her Trump-bashing messages with Strzok in 2016, that revealed how the two hated Trump and bore a visceral fear that he would become president.
“[Trump’s] not ever going to become president, right? Right?!” Page wrote to Strzok.
“No. No he’s not. We’ll stop it,” Strzok replied.
On Nov. 13, 2016, Page told Strzok: “I bought all the president’s men. Figure I need to brush up on Watergate.”
Let me get this straight.
Page and Strzok sent texts about an “insurance policy” and how they’ll “stop Trump” while part of the FBI spying on Trump campaign.
Now Lisa Page is blaming the President. 1 week before Horowitz’s FISA report.https://t.co/DqPAV4c6o3
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) December 2, 2019
President Trump fired back at Page’s claim with a reference to Strzok’s message to her during the 2016 campaign in which he mentioned an “insurance policy” in case Trump won the election.
The president also asked why texts between Strzok and Page were “scrubbed after he left Mueller.” A Department of Justice Inspector General (DOJ IG) investigation confirmed thousands of missing text message between the two after Strzok was removed from then-Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team, but concluded that was a technical glitch.
The Fox News reported that last moth the DOJ released “documents outlining a slew of “security violations” and flagrantly “unprofessional conduct” by Peter—including his alleged practice of keeping sensitive FBI documents on his unsecured personal electronic devices, even as his wife gained access to his cellphone and discovered evidence that he was having an affair with Page.”
Page’s interview came just a day before a widely anticipated report from DOJ IG Michael Horowitz into possible FBI misconduct is expected to be released on Dec. 9. Horowitz has reportedly found that an anonymous FBI official altered a key document used to obtain a surveillance warrant against a former Trump aide.
“The damage caused by their[Page and Strzok] actions … goes to the heart of the FBI’s reputation for neutral fact finding and political independence,” Horowitz wrote in a DOJ IG report last year.