Lisa Page, former FBI lawyer whose FBI career ended when her text messages conveying her anti-Trump bias while conducting an FBI investigation against him were revealed, is now a legal analyst for MSNBC.
Since the 2016 election of President Donald J. Trump, there have been multiple FBI investigations into the possibility of Russian interference. Now MSNBC, one of the lead media proponents of the Russian collusion hoax until it recently ended without President Trump’s conviction, has welcomed Page to their staff.
Page debuted on the network Friday, June 5, as an NBC News & MSNBC National Security Analyst.
— MSNBC Public Relations (@MSNBCPR) June 5, 2020
Page is famous for a series of text messages with former FBI agent, and lead agent on the Crossfire Hurricane investigation, Peter Strzok, which raised questions into the integrity of the investigation.
The text messages, revealed in a June 2018 Office of Inspector General’s Report, took place in early August 2016, prior to the election of President Trump. Page asked if Trump will become president, to which Strzok responded, “No. No he won’t. We’ll stop it.”
Following the release of the messages, Page resigned from the FBI and has remained largely out of the public eye. Strzok was also removed after Former Director of the FBI Robert Mueller removed Strzok from the Russia investigation.
Most recently, in December 2019, Page sued the DOJ and FBI, claiming they violated her right to privacy by illegally leaking the text messages.
Trump has since mocked both Page and Strzok, whose text messages revealed their extramarital affair, calling them “lovers,” and even using them in a skit at CPAC this past year. Since the release of their text messages, the two became a symbol of those who said the Russia investigation was wholly corrupted by political bias within the DOJ.
MSNBC commentators have defended both Page and Strzok over the years by dismissing their text messages as merely personal criticisms, separate from their FBI work. MSNBC host Rachel Maddow also interviewed Page following her lawsuit in December.
Now, after the end of the investigation, Page has found her place at MSNBC.