‘A total disgrace!’: President Trump slams MSNBC’s decision to hire controversial former FBI lawyer Lisa Page as a legal analyst
- Former FBI attorney Lisa Page is starting a new job as a legal analyst at MSNBC
- Trump tweeted his displeasure at the news calling the appointment ‘a disgrace’
- During the 2016 election, Page engaged in an affair with then-fellow FBI agent Peter Strzok
- The two exchanged anti-Trump sentiments over text messages
- The infamous texts showed Strzok and his lover Page portraying themselves as the last line of defense between Trump and America
- After the messages were made public, Page and Strzok’s relationship became a target of Trump and his allies
- The scandal eventually led to Strzok being fired and Page resigning
President Donald Trump has expressed outrage on Twitter after former FBI attorney Lisa Page started a new job on MSNBC on Friday as a National Security & Legal Analyst.
Prior to the 2016 presidential election, Page had exchanged anti-Trump texts with the ex-FBI head of counterintelligence during an extramarital affair.
The texts were seized upon by Trump as evidence of alleged political bias.
Former FBI attorney Lisa Page, right, has started a new job as a legal analyst at MSNBC
The president made it known that he was far from impressed with MSNBC’s new appointment
‘I started something new today!’ Ms. Page tweeted.
The president didn’t hold back on Friday. ‘You must be kidding??? This is a total disgrace!’ he wrote in tweet.
Page was an FBI lawyer and worked on both the Clinton email investigation and for Special Counsel Robert Mueller on the Trump-Russia probe.
She had an affair with Peter Strzok, an FBI agent who was removed from the Mueller probe over the existence of their pro-Clinton text messages.
She made her debut as an MSNBC analyst during Deadline: White House and appeared alongside former Mueller probe prosecutor Andrew Weissmann, who also looks to have been rehired by the network.
Page tweeted about the start of her new job on Twitter earlier on Friday
Page gave legal analysis about the ongoing feud between President Trump and Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser over the presence of outside troops.
‘What’s more important to recognize here is how fragile the rule of law is, how much it depends on norms and the exercise of restraint,’ Page said.
The president’s direct hit at Page came after she finally made public comments after she was involved in a scandal that outed her extramarital relationship with a fellow agent and their text messages showed favoritism toward Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.
Page was an FBI lawyer and worked on both the Clinton email investigation and for Special Counsel Robert Mueller on the Trump-Russia probe
Page and Peter Strzok, who were dubbed by Trump as the ‘FBI love birds,’ exchanged anti-Trump texts ahead of the presidential election.
Last year, Page told how ‘the president has targeted her 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.’
‘It’s like being punched in the gut,’ Page said
‘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.
‘To try to further destroy my life. It never goes away or stops, even when he’s not publicly attacking me,’ she said at the time.
The national security and technology lawyer has accused Trump of posting a series of ‘demeaning’ tweets about her affair with Strzok.
Trump has been vocal in his criticism of the ‘FBI love birds’ – and before the pandemic put an end to his campaign rallies he would regularly make Page a point of mockery.
Page initially made her public emergence after two years of silence on the matter in an interview with The Daily Beast released last December claiming she was coming forward because the president continues to bring up her name.
Page ended up resigning from the FBI on May 4, 2018.