Remember Lisa Page? She was the never-Trumping partisan FBI lawyer who, together with her lover Peter Strzok, was among the first FBI agents fired for "bias" on the job as part of their probe of Trump's "collusion" with Russia. She was also the one whose nearly 400 text messages with Strzok disclosed the presence of an "insurance policy" to prevent a Trump presidency.
Unfortunately for Lisa, she never came up with an insurance policy should Trump win the election and all her scheming come to light and grace the front pages of the world's newspaper. Except to sue that is.
I sued the Department of Justice and FBI today.— Lisa Page (@NatSecLisa) December 10, 2019
I take little joy in having done so. But what they did in leaking my messages to the press was not only wrong, it was illegal.https://t.co/ecR58rmxlB
On Tuesday, Page - who has been a frequent target of President Donald Trump’s barbed tweets and fake orgasms - sued the Justice Department and the FBI over what she claims were illegal leaks to media outlets of her nearly 400 text messages with Strzok. These leaks are not to be confused with the near-daily leaking of virtually everything president Trump does by her colleagues at the FBI, CIA, NSA, and so on.
In her complaint, Page alleges "shocking and egregious behavior" - in the worlds of the ultraliberal Lawfare blog - by DOJ officials, specifically Rod Rosenstein and Sarah Flores.
Page’s lawsuit alleging violation of the Privacy Act came a day after the Justice Department’s internal watchdog in a new report said she "did not play a role in the decision" to open a probe into the Trump’s 2016 campaign even though Trump has argued that the bias against him by the married Page and FBI Agent Peter Strzok as displayed in their private text messages played a key role in the FBI’s decision.
Page’s text messages with Strzok were released “to a group of reporters” as part of a 90-page document by the Justice Department in December 2017, notes her suit, filed in federal court in Washington, D.C.
The officials who authorized their release "and their allies sought to use, and ultimately did use, the messages to promote the false narrative that [Page] and others at the FBI were biased against President Trump, had conspired to undermine him, and had otherwise had engaged in allegedly criminal acts, including treason." According to the lawsuit, at the time the messages were part of a larger group of materials that was under review by the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General “for evidence of potential bias in the FBI’s investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server for government communications."
In other words, it's ok to plot against an American citizen and launch a full blown investigation - and spying in the words of the US attorney general - on nothing more than competitor-funded opposition research, but once the details of your activity become common knowledge, well, that's really going too far.
Indeed, as the abovementioned ultraliberal Lawfare blog was quick to explain, all Page did was a simple "mistake":
Page made mistakes, which were appropriately addressed as a personnel matter. What happened following that was in no way justified or acceptable. It was politically motivated and it was wrong.
It gets better.
In her recent attempt to rehabilitate herself, Page gave an interview to The Daily Beast in which she said that whenever Trump mentions her name on Twitter or at political rallies "it’s like being punched in the gut."
“My heart drops to my stomach when I realize he has tweeted about me again,” Page told The Daily Beat. “The president of the United States is calling me names to the entire world. He’s demeaning me and my career. It’s sickening.”
Here's a thought: perhaps if he didn't have a reason to do so, he wouldn't do it? To Page though, that thought is lost. Instead she complained that "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."
We look forward to finding if John Durham shares her conclusion.
Page's lawsuit is below (pdf link).