President Donald Trump’s seemingly never-ending war with former FBI lawyer Lisa Page erupted yet again Wednesday when Page called out the president on Twitter for lying about her relationship with colleague Peter Strzok.
At a campaign rally in Pennsylvania Tuesday night, Trump sounded a familiar refrain when he mocked Page and Strzok for a series of text messages they exchanged before the 2016 campaign that were harshly critical of then-candidate Trump.
Trump spreads unsourced rumors about Lisa Page taking out a restraining order on Peter Strzok: "Did I hear he needed a restraining order after this whole thing, from Lisa? That's what I heard. I don't know if it's true." #BeBest pic.twitter.com/h6W3YMrlpo— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 11, 2019
He then went on to say that “he heard” Strzok filed a restraining order against Page. “I don’t know if it’s true, but I heard it … it could be true,” Trump told the crowd.
In a tweet Wednesday morning, Page said the president’s remarks were a flat-out lie. “Nothing like this ever happened,” she said. “I wish we had a president who knew how to act like one. SAD.”
This is a lie. Nothing like this ever happened.— Lisa Page (@NatSecLisa) December 11, 2019
I wish we had a president who knew how to act like one. SAD!https://t.co/7YQaQRxWzu
Tuesday, Page sued the Justice Department and FBI for what she said was illegally violating her privacy by anonymously leaking text messages of her exchanges with Strzok and others at the agency to members of the media.
In the lawsuit, Page said her life has been “radically altered” by the constant attacks from Trump and his supporters since December 2017. On Twitter, the president has described Page as “incompetent,” “corrupt,” “pathetic,” “stupid,” a “loser,” a “clown,” and a “stupid lover,” among other things.
On Capitol Hill Wednesday, Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) read some of the text messages that drew Trump’s ire during a hearing with Michael Horowitz, the Justice Department inspector general whose report earlier this week exonerated Page by name for her role in the 2016 FBI investigation into members of the Trump campaign’s Russian connections.
Lindsey Graham is now reading Strzok and Page text messages where they call him an idiot. He then goes on to say if you agree with any of the statements and you’re a journalist, you shouldn’t be. This is especially hypocritical coming from him pic.twitter.com/9J2zDSWY8N— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) December 11, 2019
Strzock, a counterintelligence officer who was heading up the Trump campaign investigation, was fired from the FBI after details of his extramarital affair with Page became public. Page resigned from the agency in May 2018.