Former FBI counsel Lisa Page is fighting back against President Donald Trump, who has been merciless in his attacks against her, claiming she did something illegal by despising Trump during the 2016 election.
In a Daily Beast interview, Page explained that there was no possible evidence that she did anything illegal because she never did anything illegal.
“Honestly, his demeaning fake orgasm was really the straw that broke the camel’s back,” she said of Trump. The comment was a reference to Trump’s performance faking an orgasm before thousands of fans at a Minneapolis rally in October. “I had stayed quiet for years, hoping it would fade away, but instead, it got worse. It had been so hard not to defend myself, to let people who hate me control the narrative. I decided to take my power back.”
“It’s almost impossible to describe” what it’s like, she told The Beast. “It’s like being punched in the gut. My heart drops to my stomach when I realize he has tweeted about me again. The president of the United States is calling me names to the entire world. He’s demeaning me and my career. It’s sickening.”
“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,” she continued.
She said that Trump’s millions of Twitter followers hearing his constant attacks for so long had impacted her daily life, as much as she wishes it didn’t.
“I’m someone who’s always in my head anyway – so now otherwise normal interactions take on a different meaning,” she explained. “Like, when somebody makes eye contact with me on the Metro, I kind of wince, wondering if it’s because they recognize me, or are they just scanning the train like people do? It’s immediately a question of friend or foe? Or if I’m walking down the street or shopping and there’s somebody wearing Trump gear or a MAGA hat, I’ll walk the other way or try to put some distance between us because I’m not looking for conflict. Really, what I wanted most in this world is my life back.”
She explained that she followed all of the rules, which she should know as a top lawyer.
“And I know I’m nowhere close to that,” she told The Beast. “I don’t engage in any sort of partisan politicking at all. But having an opinion and sharing that opinion publicly or privately with another person is squarely within the permissible bounds of the Hatch Act. It’s in the regs. Yeah, it says it plainly. I’m thinking, I know I’m a federal employee, but I retain my First Amendment rights. So I’m really not all that worried about it.”
The text messages were given to reporters by Sarah Isgur Flores, who allowed them to see and takes all the notes they wanted but wouldn’t allow them to have copies of the text messages. The only ones the Justice Department gave were the ones cherry-picked to appear to be the worst. It was before the IG had made a ruling that she didn’t do anything wrong, but that didn’t matter to Trump’s Justice Department.
She also noted that while her progressing FBI career was ended by Trump’s attacks, what he has done to the FBI is far worse.
“It’s very painful to see to places like the FBI and the Department of Justice that represent so much of what is excellent about this country, not fulfilling the critical obligation that they have to speak truth to power,” she told The Beast. “The thing about the FBI that is so extraordinary is that it is made up of a group of men and women whose every instinct is to run toward the fight. It’s in the fiber of everybody there. It’s the lifeblood. So it’s particularly devastating to be betrayed by an organization I still care about so deeply. And it’s crushing to see the noble Justice Department, my Justice Department, the place I grew up in, feel like it’s abandoned its principles of truth and independence.”
Page wasn’t merely an FBI agent that went through the difficult Quantico training program. She was among very few accepted into an elite Honors Program in the Justice Department in 2006 after she graduated from law school. She was the only woman in her class of just five. She was then brought into a “special-counsel-like” position by the deputy general counsel over national security law.
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Cuomo: There Aren’t Enough Bodyguards to Protect Trump from New Yorkers
New Yorkers President Donald J. Trump and Governor Andrew Cuomo both hail originally from Queens, but there’s no brotherly love where these two are concerned.
Cuomo held an emergency press briefing Wednesday night following Trump’s threat to pull federally allocated funds from “lawless” cities like New York, Seattle, Portland, and Washington, D.C., among others. His briefing occurred within 30-minutes of Trump’s threat.
“He better have an army if he thinks he’s gonna walk down the street in New York,” Cuomo said. “New Yorkers don’t want to have anything to do with him. He can’t have enough bodyguards to walk through New York City, people don’t want to have anything to do with him.”
Cuomo added, “It is more of the same from him. It’s political, it is gratuitous. And it’s illegal. But it is another attempt to kill New York City. President Ford said drop dead. President Trump has been actively trying to kill New York City since he’s been elected.”
He later commented, “He [Trump] was dismissed as a clown in New York City; those who know him best, like him least.”
Cuomo later walked back one of his more aggressive remarks.
“My comment about the president and bodyguards in New York City, all I’m saying is that he is persona non grata in New York City,” he stated. “And I think he knows that. And he’ll never come back to New York, because New Yorkers will never forget how gratuitously mean he has been to New Yorkers and how many times he’s tried to kill the city that gave him his start and birthed him. That’s what I meant about the bodyguards.”
One thing he didn’t take back was this comment: “You want to do something about public safety, try doing your job. One thousand people under your federal leadership are dying currently per day from Covid. You have the worst record on the globe in terms of leadership.”
Cumo also shared these tweets.
Today and always: pic.twitter.com/3R2ibvAhck
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) August 31, 2020
President Trump has actively sought to punish NYC since day one.
He let COVID ambush New York.
He refuses to provide funds that states and cities MUST receive to recover.
He is not a king. He cannot "defund" NYC.
It's an illegal stunt.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) September 2, 2020
Trump can't bully New Yorkers. Ever notice those who know him best like him the least? Ask his sister, a former federal judge, who said he's a liar and "you can't trust him." He says he wins NYS. Really? Want to bet?
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) September 3, 2020
Trump as Commander in Chief lost the Covid war. Now more Americans are dying daily from Covid than in Europe, China and Canada COMBINED.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) September 4, 2020
Mr. Rogers’ Widow Says If Trump is Re-Elected: ‘I Will Probably Go Into Mourning’
On Thursday, The Daily Beast reported that Joanne Rogers, the widow of Presbyterian minister and children’s television personality Mr. Rogers, unloaded furiously on President Donald Trump as he paid a visit to their hometown of Latrobe, Pennsylvania.
“I think he’s just a horrible person,” said Rogers. She added that if the president is re-elected in November, “I will probably go into mourning. I can’t even imagine. I would feel so badly.”
“I think maybe the fact that Mr Trump seldom tells the truth,” she added. “If he does, it’s just a fluke, I think. But the fact [is] that I can’t believe anything he says, not even the simplest thing … This man is pathologically ill. Mentally ill.”
In Latrobe on Thursday, Trump aired out a number of his grievances, including denying that his visit to Walter Reed hospital was for a “mini-stroke” and repeating his advice to his supporters to illegally vote twice.
Image via screengrab.
Trump’s Pardon of Susan B. Anthony Met with Laughter on 100th Anniversary of 19th Amendment
Susan B. Anthony was arrested in 1872 when she voted – a move that violated the men-only law in place at the time. Now, President Donald Trump says he is going to clear her name because “she was never pardoned.”
The most controversial and morally corrupt president in American history is pardoning a woman he might otherwise have referred to as “nasty,” but it’s because “she got a pardon for a lot of other women and she didn’t put her name on the list.”
Trump signed the proclamation on the morning of August 18, 2020 with his wife, First Lady Melania Trump, by his side.
“It was a monumental victory for equality for justice, and a monumental victory for America,” he said.
Further trying to secure some part of the 2020 vote, Trump announced last week a bill that would create a monument in Washington to honor suffragists like Anthony – and pay tribute to the 19th amendment.
Trump paraded his pardon before embarking on a Tuesday tour of Yuma, Arizona and Cedar Rapids, Iowa to combat this week’s inspiring Democratic National Convention.
And now for some real talk.
They're missing Hillary Clinton right in the center of the picture, but otherwise…yes.
— Susan votes 🌊🇺🇲 (@ElastigirlVotes) August 18, 2020
100 years ago today the #19thAmendment was ratified, finally giving women their right to vote.
— Iche_me! (@iche_me) August 18, 2020
When you accept a pardon you have to admit guilt.
I'm doubtful Susan B. Anthony would have accepted the pardon on those terms.
— Cape Cod Joanna (@GypsyHeartPoet) August 18, 2020
Trump's announcement that he's pardoning Susan B. Anthony is met with laughter pic.twitter.com/ycIFtFtQOQ
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 18, 2020
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