The complaint, filed yesterday states that the DOJ’s disclosure of Page’s text messages caused “significant harm and financial loss” in the form of “permanent loss of earning capacity due to reputational damage” and “the cost of therapy to cope with unwanted national media exposure and harassment” because of President Trump’s public discussions of Page’s messages with Strzok.
The lawsuit states, “In the two years since the December 12 disclosure, the President has targeted Ms. Page by name in more than 40 tweets and dozens of interviews, press conferences, and statements from the White House, fueling unwanted media attention that has radically altered her day-to-day life.”
Page is also seeking reimbursement for “attorneys’ fees relating to investigations and congressional testimony as well as efforts to prevent the release of personal text messages, the cost of childcare during and transportation to multiple investigative interviews and appearances before Congress,” and “the cost of paying a data-privacy service to protect her personal information.”
Strzok and Page exchanged numerous anti-Trump text messages in the lead-up to the 2016 election.
In one July, 2016 text, Page writes, “She [Hillary Clinton] just has to win now. I’m not going to lie, I got a flash of nervousness yesterday about Trump.” In another text message, Page wrote, “This man cannot be president.”
On August 26, 2016, Strzok wrote to Page, “Just went to a Southern Virginia Walmart. I could SMELL the Trump support.” The FBI agent also called Trump a “dou**e.”
Last week, just days before the DOJ Inspector General’s FISA report was to be released, Page spoke out publicly for the first time about her experiences.
She told the Daily Beast that she had “stayed quiet,” hoping the scrutiny surrounding her corrupt behavior at the FBI would “fade away.”
“…But instead it got worse,” Page said. “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 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.”
President Trump responded to Page’s comments, tweeting, “When Lisa Page, the lover of Peter Strzok, talks about being ‘crushed’, and how innocent she is, ask her to read Peter’s ‘Insurance Policy’ text, to her, just in case Hillary loses. Also, why were the lovers text messages scrubbed after he left Mueller. Where are they Lisa?”
When Lisa Page, the lover of Peter Strzok, talks about being “crushed”, and how innocent she is, ask her to read Peter’s “Insurance Policy” text, to her, just in case Hillary loses. Also, why were the lovers text messages scrubbed after he left Mueller. Where are they Lisa?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 2, 2019