Former FBI attorney Lisa Page saw fierce backlash after accusing President Donald Trump of demeaning her with his remarks when she spoke out in an exclusive interview with The Daily Beast on Dec. 1.
Former House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) during a Monday appearance on Fox News program “The Story with Martha MacCallum” ripped into Page as she claimed—in what Fox News described as a “highly sympathetic profile”—that the president’s remarks prompted her to talk up.
“I had stayed quiet for years hoping it would fade away, but instead it got worse,” the former FBI attorney said to The Daily Beast. “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.”
But Gowdy pointed out that Page and her lover former FBI head of counterintelligence Peter Strzok, had in fact exchanged anti-Trump text messages with each other and were “biased against” the president.
“When she says things need to be put in context, the word ‘loathsome’ really doesn’t need to be put in context,” Gowdy cited a more notorious passage from the Strzok-Page exchanges as he spoke. “And when you say somebody will be a national security disaster, that doesn’t need to be put in context.”
Gowdy continued as he explained how Page and Strzok both held biases against President Trump.
“These texts have been out there for, what, almost two years now? So your viewers are smart enough to read them and know that the lead FBI agent in the lead-up, your lawyer, were both biased against Donald Trump,” Gowdy told Fox host MacCallum. “That’s who was investigating him in 2016. I’m not sure how she thinks context is going to improve that.”
Page is still entitled to have her say, Gowdy noted, adding that others are not obligated to believe what she says.
“Yep, she does have freedom of speech and we have the freedom to reject what she said and tell her we don’t believe it,” Gowdy pointed out.
The former House Oversight Committee Chairman then slammed Democratic lawmakers for their “double standard,” referring to the way they reacted to Page’s talk versus how President Trump was treated in the Democrat-led impeachment inquiry.
“So to Democrats, all’s well that ends well if it’s Peter Strzok and Lisa Page,” Gowdy said. “But if you get the aid and there’s no investigation, that’s not enough. It still may be impeachable. Just because we didn’t like your process. That’s duplicity, it’s a double standard. And that’s why the American people, I think, are completely unmoved thus far by the impeachment hearings of chairman [Adam] Schiff.”
Gowdy speculated that Democrats are using impeachment as a means of regaining control of the Senate in the 2020 presidential election.
“This is not about removing Donald Trump from office because they know they’re not going to be successful, “Gowdy said. “It’s about shifting it to the Senate where you can put people like [Senators] Cory Gardner [of Colorado] and Martha McSally [of Arizona] and Thom Tillis [of North Carolina] in a really tough spot.”
In the end, Gowdy pointed out, Page’s exchanges with Strzok never mattered much—but her accusations against the president and the impeachment inquiry are what actually matters to Democrats.
“Put yourself in Donald Trump’s shoes. You’re being investigated—in fact, the investigation’s begun by a guy who says he can smell your supporters, will do anything he can to stop it,” Gowdy said. “They think you’re ‘loathsome,’ they think you’re an effing idiot. … That’s who is dispassionately investigating someone?”