Lisa Page, former Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer and one of many women that Donald Trump endlessly targets and demeans, has finally broken her silence after 18 months with an in-depth exclusive interview courtesy of the interview courtesy of the Daily Beast. "He's very bad. God, Hillary should win", another text from Page to Strzok read.
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. At the center of it were two Federal Bureau of Investigation employees, Page and Peter Strzok, who the president has repeatedly publicly threatened, mocked, and claimed they committed treasonous and seditious acts.
Ms Page spoke of her hurt when Mr Trump, at a Minneapolis, Minnesota, rally in October, performed a mock re-enactment of her texts with Mr Strzok, as though the couple were in the throes of passion. 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." .
She described being intimidated and concerned for her safety but said she was determined not to remain silent any longer in face of the accusations.
"I had been silent for years waiting for it to fade, but instead it got worse", Page told The Daily Beast. It had been so hard not to defend myself, to let people who hate me control the narrative. "I'm someone who's always in my head anyway-so now otherwise normal interactions take on a different meaning". Trump has attacked her on Twitter since then.More news: Apple: new Russian phone sales legislation is 'equivalent to jailbreaking'
"It's like being punched in the gut", Page told the Daily Beast, referencing Trump's broadsides. "My heart drops to my stomach when I realize he has tweeted about me again", she said. The president of the United States is calling me names to the entire world.
"He's demeaning me and my career", she said. "It never goes away or stops, not even when he's not publicly attacking me".
Meanwhile, Horowitz's report has been leaked to several outlets, including The Washington Post.
It was special counsel Robert Mueller, not Attorney General Bob Barr, who fired Strzok and Page after he learned of the text messages, because he feared they would further compound the perception that the investigation was prejudiced against Trump.
The headline on the story by Molly Jong-Fast indicates accurately the level of responsibility Page takes for her actions.
The president also asked why texts between Strzok and Page were "scrubbed after he left Mueller".More news: Vikings RB exits with shoulder injury vs. Seahawks
I wouldn't even call it PTSD because it's not over. "Their personal business is their business, but the two of them inserted their rampant political bias into highly sensitive top-notch investigations including the probe into Hillary Clinton's secret server", he said.
"Honestly, his demeaning fake orgasm was really the straw that broke the camel's back", she said.
It was the inspector-general report, not the meanies at a pro-Trump Web site, who found the text messages between the two had "potentially indicated or created the appearance that investigative decisions were impacted by bias or improper considerations". "They lack a lot of context".
"I don't ever know when the president's going to attack next", Page told the Daily Beast. And when it happens, it can still sort of upend my day.
Wednesday's impeachment hearing with the House Judiciary Committee will be in public from the start, so Republicans will be able to use House rules to get their full questions in, but Democrats are "trying to fiddle with that", Rep. Andy Biggs said Monday.More news: The power play of Edmonton Oilers prevails against Canucks - Edmonton