The former FBI lawyer repeatedly ridiculed as “lovely Lisa Page” by President Donald Trump sued the Justice Department and FBI Tuesday, alleging that the agency illegally released private communications between her and other officials at the agency in violation of the Privacy Act.
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
Page alleges that Justice Department officials summoned reporters to the agency after business hours on Dec. 17, 2017 and allowed them to read a 90-page document detailing 375 text messages sent to or by her to other officials. The department did so, Page alleges, in order to curry favor with the president and blunt his criticism of Jeff Sessions, who was attorney general at the time.
“The officials who authorized the disclosure and their allies sought to use, and ultimately did use, the messages to promote the false narrative that Plaintiff and others at the FBI were biased against President Trump, had conspired to undermine him, and otherwise had engaged in allegedly criminal acts, including treason,” the complaint alleges.
The DOJ took the unprecedented action to secretly leak text messages between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page to the press. CREW got the emails behind the government's actions. Read them here: https://t.co/OCLCD3vUO7— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) December 10, 2019
Since that release, Page says she has been referred to by name by Trump in dozens of television interviews, press conference, and tweets. “In these statements, the President has referred to Ms. Page as ‘incompetent,’ ‘corrupt,’ ‘pathetic,’ ‘stupid,’ a ‘dirty cop,’ a ‘loser,’ a ‘clown,’ ‘bad people,’ ‘sick people,’ a ‘lover,’ a ‘great lover,’ a ‘wonderful lover,’ a ‘stupid lover,’ and ‘lovely,’” according to the complaint.
So where are all the missing Text messages between fired FBI agents Peter S and the lovely Lisa Page, his lover. Just reported that they have been erased and wiped clean. What an outrage as the totally compromised and conflicted Witch Hunt moves ever so slowly forward. Want them!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 16, 2018
Page cites this week’s release of the Justice Department Inspector General’s report, which cleared her by name, as proof that the charges leveled against her by Trump and her allies are untrue. Her complaint seeks damages “not less than $1,000,” along with attorney’s fees.
Peter Strozk to Lisa Page:— Ryan Fournier (@RyanAFournier) December 10, 2019
“We’ll stop” a Trump presidency.
There was CLEAR bias.
John Durham will be bringing the hammer down on all of those in the Deep State!
Page resigned from the FBI five months after the texts were released, revealing that she had been carrying on an affair with Peter Strzok, who was leading the counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign. In the texts, exchanged before the election, the pair referred to Trump as an “idiot” and “awful” and suggested that Hillary Clinton should win the 2016 election.
Strzok, who was fired by the agency last summer, sued the FBI not long afterward, claiming his dismissal was politically motivated.