Molly Jong-Fast interviews Lisa Page and it’s not what you would think.
Lisa Page gets a chance to share her side of the story. Except she really doesn’t. Instead, it’s a puff piece designed to paint the cheating lawyer as a victim of Trump and his minions.
At no point is Page asked hard questions about her texts. Instead, Jong-Fast allows Page to gloss over the controversy:
She doesn’t think for a minute that her texts with Peter Strzok are too political. They are largely devoted to work and to talking about family members and various articles they read. The few texts that so convulsed the Republicans involved Page asking for reassurance that Trump wouldn’t become president, and Strzok replying with “No. No he’s not. We’ll stop it.” Glenn Kessler wrote in The Washington Post that “some of the texts reflect a deep animus toward Trump and the way he conducted himself during the 2016 campaign.”
She is convinced that she’s followed the rules. She is after all a lawyer and knows that she is a restricted employee under the Hatch Act and can’t engage in partisan political activity. “And I know I’m nowhere close to that,” she says. “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.”
Jong-Fast lets Page basically claim lawyerly “no recollection” and never offers to challenge. However, she did know that her texts contained a deep secret:
What I do know is that my text messages will reveal that I had previously had an affair. I’m overwhelmed by dread and embarrassment at the prospect that OIG investigators, Andy, and my colleagues, now know or could learn about this deeply personal secret.
Additionally, the article explains the genesis of the investigation which Jong-Fast leaves out details that have since been filled in as to what the FBI, and in particular Strok and Page, were doing. Jong-Fast also lets Page continue to play victim without ever having to answer for the damning texts that are the center of the controversy.
Instead, Jong-Fast plays up Page’s disgust with Trump, especially at one of his rallies. The little parody Trump shares about FBI investigation involving her romantic fling with Strok was too much for Page. Now she’s fighting back.
Here’s the thing: Not once does Page deny that there was a bias. Instead, she chalks it up to her belief that her texts were not that political. Regardless, she had her first amendment right so that won’t count against her.
The evidence says otherwise, but the point of the article was not to hold Page to account for both the texts and extra-marital affair. Trump Derangement Syndrome allows normally rational journalists to abdicate their duties. Jong-Fast has Stage V of the disease.
Page still remains a critical figure in the failures within the FBI and DOJ during the Trump campaign investigation. This article did little to change that, and perhaps that wasn’t its purpose.
Still, Orange Man Bad doesn’t absolve Page’s of role in the efforts to undermine Trump’s election. And if she becomes involved in the impeachment proceedings, perhaps she’ll finally be held to account for her actions. If not then, I would imagine soon after Trump wins again in 2020.