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Lisa Page was a former trial attorney with the Criminal Division’s Organized Crime and Gang Section. Lisa Page investigated Ukrainian oligarch Dmitry Firtash, a one-time business partner of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort.
Lisa Page specialized in complex and international money laundering cases. Lisa Page served as Special Counsel to FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe during the entire operation to exonerate Hillary Clinton, and later to frame Donald Trump (i.e. the "insurance policy"), and continued to serve in that capacity while McCabe served as Acting Director after the firing of James Comey.Two days after beginning an unpredicated FBI investigation into Donald Trump with no legal basis or probable cause, Lisa Page asked her cohort Peter Strzok:
Lisa Page – He’s not ever going to become president, right? Right?!
Strzok - No. No he’s not. We’ll stop it.
In July 2017 Lisa Page began cooperating with the FBI internal Inspection Division (INSD) and the DOJ Office of Inspector General (OIG) investigation into Obama era abuses of US intelligence services and law enforcement to harass and illegally spy on domestic political opponents.
Lisa Page provided evidence to FBI and OIG investigators in the form of the Strzok/Page text messages to exculpate herself of the charge of unauthorized media leaks regarding the FBI's Clinton Foundation investigation. The evidence proved Dep. Dir. McCabe instructed her to leak, a fact McCabe denied and subsequently was fired for lying to investigators.
During the Mueller investigation Lisa Page was on detail from the FBI’s Office of the General Counsel and was fired in August 2017 for extreme bias. Lisa Page left the FBI completely in early April 2018, two weeks after Congress sent a criminal referral to the Justice Department for her, James Comey, Hillary Clinton, Loretta Lynch, Sally Yates, Andrew McCabe and Peter Strzok. 
Clinton email investigation
From Lisa Page's text messages the American people learned the fix was in to exonerate Hillary Clinton for felonious gross negligence, national security breaches, and destruction of federal government documents. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced that she would accept whatever recommendation FBI Director James Comey made about charging Clinton. Lisa Page and FBI Deputy Assistant Director (DAD) for Counterintelligence Peter Strzok exchanged messages saying that Lynch knew in advance of the FBI's decision not to recommend prosecuting Hillary Clinton.
Strzok – Holy cow....nyt breaking [Matt] Apuzzo, Lynch will accept whatever recommendation and career prosecutors make. No political appointee input.
Strzok – Lynch. Timing not great, but whatever. Wonder if that's why the coordination language added.
Page – No way. This is a purposeful leak following the airplane snafu.
Strzok – Timing looks like hell. Will appear to be choreographed. All major news networks literally leading with "AG to accept FBI Director's recommendation."
Page – Yeah, that is awful timing. Nothing we can do about it.
Strzok – What I meant was, did DOJ tell us yesterday they were doing this, so Director added that language.
Strzok – Yep. I told Bill [Priestap] the same thing. Delaying just makes it worse.
Page – And yes. I think we had some warning of it. I know they sent some statement to [ Comey Chief of Staff James] Rybicki, bc he called Andy [McCabe].Page – And yeah, it's a real profile in courage, since Lynch knows no charges will be brought.
The insurance policy
In early September 2016 Lisa Page wrote about preparing talking points for FBI Dir. James Comey because “potus wants to know everything we’re doing.” The text raises questions about the extent of Obama's personal involvement in on ongoing FBI investigation.
Strzok-Lisa Page text messages
The former designated counsel from Main Justice assigned to assist Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe. Known from open-sourced information, from her own released text messages, and from congressional releases, that Lisa Page was the person who provided the text messages to the FBI's internal Inspection Division (INSD) and the Inspector General. Page’s account of the media leak instructions she received from Andrew McCabe conflicted with her boss, and ultimately led to the proof of McCabe’s false statements. Lisa Page was the connective bridge within the "small group" conspirators joining the DOJ-NSD to the FBI's illegsl operations. Page and FBI Agent Peter Strzok worked closely at the heart of the “small group” activity carrying out the orders passed down from Loretta Lynch, Sally Yates, James Comey and Andrew McCabe.
Synopsis of text messagesUser:Newhere of the conservativetreehouse.com gives an accurate summary of the tone and character of the Lisa Page/Peter Strzok text messages:
The nature and tone sound like a couple of earnest, self-important, professional bureaucrats who see themselves as high-achieving stand-outs among their peers, doing the “right thing” or at least the “best” thing among some ugly office politics and broader forces. Among the two of them, they unquestionably believe themselves “the good guys,” with appropriate motives and judgment.
They are preoccupied with their professional reputations, ambitions and positioning. They spend lots of time dissecting the minutiae of day-to-day interactions and orchestrating mundane office dynamics, and often reassure each other on their respective “excellence” and superiority. All to a degree that pegs their maturity and self-awareness at a level of maybe adolescent. They interpret events and decisions around them in insular terms, like teenagers passing notes in homeroom about high school social cliques.
— They weren’t driven specifically by partisan bias. Viewing it as simple bias only minimizes the bigger problem. They were consummate professional bureaucrats, intuiting, anticipating, and expanding upon the goals of leadership, both spoken and implied. Contempt for the implicated political actors was a a given; all politicians are intellectually and morally inferior, and (in their minds) the country needs professionals like them having the tools to stand watch and “protect” the country when necessary.
— Trump was viewed as so obviously “dangerous” that extreme measures were necessary. This wasn’t a *partisan* sentiment — it was (again, in their minds) a professional judgment. Which is how they managed the cognitive dissonance of behaving as they did while seeing themselves as moral actors. These aren’t sociopaths with no consciences. They have the conscience of a common, professional technocrat. Self-delusion and self-importance that warps the moral compass (e.g., they feel aggrieved by things like being left out of a meeting, and they hyper-focus on their own “credit-seeking” vs. “team player” motivations, as if THESE are the pressing moral issues at stake . . ). They are professional technocrats like a lot of professional technocrats, who believe their jobs are singularly important, that they face pressures that are uniquely complicated — who know they hold replaceable jobs, but secretly believe themselves irreplaceable. Professionalism becomes its own ethic, from which perspective actual ethics are quaint, a luxury for academics or simpletons. This isn’t spoken or acknowledged.
— The scariest part: conduct in the the Clinton/Trump investigations wasn’t anomalous. The fact that these “professionals” behaved this way with only a faint notion of the significance of what they were doing suggests it was more business-as-usual than the biggest scandal of our lifetimes. Meaning it’s even a bigger scandal.
— They did have at least a faint notion that they had ventured well outside of “by the book” territory, but were again deluded by feeling indispensable, hand-picked by the highest echelons of bureau hierarchy, to which they aspired. Page, in particular, felt special because she was chosen by McCabe. Their moral compasses were aimed at pleasing those whose favor they sought.
— They seemed to see the FBI as white hats vis a vis DOJ. I think they truly believed that any corruption/politicization came from DOJ, and FBI jockeying/mischief was trying to set things right against all these other corrupting forces.–Page’s final “never write to me again” doesn’t seem like a hostile snub. Seems more like a signal/coded message to a friend: “We’re scr*wed. Every (wo)man for himself. I’m looking out for myself. You should too.”
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