For John, BLUF: I sure wished that Ms Lisa Page would have quietly gone away after the election and the exposure of corruption in the upper reaches of the FBI. Nothing to see here; just move along.
From PJ Media, by Mr Tyler O'Neill, 2 December 2019.
Here is the lede plus four:
As America awaits the inspector general report into whether or not the FBI abused its power by investigating potential collusion between Donald Trump's campaign and Russia in the 2016 election, a key figure in that drama has stepped forward. In an interview with the Daily Beast published Sunday evening, former FBI lawyer Lisa Page insisted that she committed no crimes and she predicted that the report should exonerate her. Yet the Obama administration's pursuit of the Trump-Russia investigation stinks to high heaven, regardless of her denials.Yes, I agree that the President should not be talking about adultery on the campaign trail. Young ears are listening. I would like to think that Ms Page had a momentary slip and has since regretted it and has reformed her life. That part of her life should be left alone.
Page became notorious for text messages she sent to FBI agent Peter Strzok, with whom she was having an affair. Both were involved in the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails and in the Trump-Russia investigation. In the text messages, Strzok promised, "we'll stop" Trump from getting elected. They also discussed an "insurance policy" should Trump get elected, anyway.
President Trump has repeatedly mocked Page and Strzok, and he has suggested that the former FBI lawyer committed treason. The Daily Beast interview cast Page as a victim of Trump's misogyny and harassment, agreeing with her suggestion that she did nothing wrong — besides the illicit affair (Page is still married to her husband and has small children).
In the interview, she claimed she decided to speak out because Trump seemed to act out an orgasm in mentioning her and Strzok in an October rally. It seems more likely she spoke out in advance of the IG report, which will be released on December 9.
"Honestly, his demeaning fake orgasm was really the straw that broke the camel’s back," Page said. "But it’s also very intimidating because he’s still the president of the United States. 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, even when he’s not publicly attacking me."
On the other hand, her prejudice, in 2016, against Mr Trump, is obvious. That prejudice should be appropriately forgiven, but not forgotten. The FBI has been here before, with a much earlier Director of the FBI.
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.
Regards — Cliff