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Lisa Page, the former FBI and Department of Justice attorney whose texts with FBI agent Peter Strzok led to a number of investigations into conduct at America’s premier law enforcement and intelligence agencies, spoke out in an interview published Sunday at the Daily Beast.

The headline on the story by Molly Jong-Fast indicates accurately the level of responsibility Page takes for her actions. “Lisa Page Speaks: ‘There’s No Fathomable Way I Have Committed Any Crime at All,” it reads. “The former FBI lawyer and ongoing Trump target breaks two years of silence in this exclusive interview. And she has quite a lot to say,” reads the subhead.

Jong-Fast opens by saying Page is one of the few interview subjects she’s met who “has no interest in being famous” and that her tweets with agent Peter Stzrok, with whom she was carrying on an affair,  “that belittled Donald Trump and expressed fear at his possible victory” became “hijacked by Trump to fuel his ‘deep state conspiracy.”

Jong-Fast then says Page finally agreed to be interviewed after Trump’s rally in Minneapolis on Oct. 11 when “his demeaning fake orgasm” forced her out of the shadows. Jong-Fast provides a link to see this scene from the rally, but it goes instead to a column by former Republican Rick Wilson, who has staked his career in recent years on Trump hatred.

Here’s a link to what the president actually said. There is no fake orgasm.

Jong-Fast says without evidence Page will be cleared of wrongdoing in the Department of Justice Inspector General report, due out this week. “But having been through the MAGA meat grinder has clearly worn her down, not unlike the other women I’ve met who’ve been subjected to the president’s abuse,” Jong-Fast wrote. “She is just slightly crumbly around the edges the way the president’s other victims are.”

She then goes on for two paragraphs quoting Page about how it feels like she has been “punched in the gut” when Trump tweets about her. “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, not even when he’s not publicly attacking me.”

Jong-Fast then walks readers through Page’s life story, leading up to her star turn at the FBI.

“’But her emails’ would soon give way to an actual threat to national security, one that existed not in the fever dreams of Fox News and the Breitbart comments section, but in the real, dangerous world the FBI exists to protect us from, where things like foreign meddling in our elections takes place: strong evidence of Russian interference in the election on behalf of Trump,” Jong-Fast wrote.

She then quotes Page saying, “There are two things that happen in the late summer of 2016. The first, of course, is that the FBI gets the predication [courtesy of loose-lipped George Papadopoulos], which starts the Russian investigation.”

Jong-Fast then explains: “’Predication’ sounds mild for what it really means; in the summer of 2016, the FBI and the intelligence community were seeing increasing signs from a variety of intelligence sources and programs (that Page cannot and will not discuss due to classification reasons) that members of the Trump campaign were tied to a variety of Russian intelligence services and that the Russian Federation was in the midst of trying to manipulate the 2016 United States election with a sweeping information-warfare and propaganda effort.”

Jong-Fast does not ask Page about the “insurance policy” to keep Trump out of the White House. She does not ask about reports Page was the FBI attorney responsible for altering an FBI accounting of an interview to remove exculpatory evidence in the Michael Flynn case. She also does not ask about reports Page also carried on an affair with McCabe, even though Page mentions McCabe’s large role in her career advancement in the piece.




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