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Lisa Page May Seek Immunity, Judicial Watch’s Chris Farrell Says
Former FBI lawyer 'has the opportunity to become the anti-Strzok' by cooperating with congressional investigators
Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page may “look for an immunity deal” as part of her cooperation with congressional investigations into allegations of anti-Trump and pro-Clinton bias with the Department of Justice (DOJ) and FBI, according to Judicial Watch Director of Investigations & Research Chris Farrell.
“Well, I think Page has the opportunity to become the anti-Strzok. She’s going to look for an immunity deal, or at least being treated as a cooperating witness. She’s seen from last week what her boyfriend was doing, and she’s probably a pretty sharp attorney. She sees an opportunity or an opening to kind of recast herself, and I think she’s taking advantage of it,” Farrell said Monday on Fox Business Network’s “Lou Dobbs Tonight.”
Page, who engaged in an affair with FBI agent Peter Strzok, testified before congressional committees in a closed-door session for nearly five hours Friday and again Monday in another lengthy closed hearing. Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), a member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, told reporters Friday that Page’s “willingness to cooperate today speaks well of her.”
Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) told reporters Monday that he found Page “a very forthcoming witness.”
“She gave us a lot of new information that we didn’t have before. That will lead us to ask for some more people to make some more requests for information we do not yet have,” Ratcliffe noted.
Page and Strzok became the focus of intense backlash after an estimated 50,000 of their text messages, many of them rabidly against Trump, came to light. Strzok, who testified before committee members in closed sessions and in a raucous public hearing last week, was a top FBI counterintelligence official and participated in special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into allegations of collusion between aides to President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russian interests.
Strzok was also a key figure in the FBI’s probe into 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server to conduct official business as secretary of state. Mueller removed Strzok from his team after the anti-Trump and pro-Clinton text messages with Page came to his attention.
Although GOP lawmakers praised Page’s cooperation, Strzok earned no such praise.
“[Strzok] was not a credible witness, and I think his explanations didn’t hold water,” Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.), a member of both the House Committee on the Judiciary and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, said Thursday on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle.” “I think the public got to see the bias.”
Farrell told host Lou Dobbs that it wasn’t enough that Page was deposed to appear before lawmakers.
“I want [former President Barack] Obama deposed,” Farrell said, pointing to the “substantial evidence” implicating that the DOJ failed to turn over requested text messages. “There’s an earlier text message from Page where she says, ‘POTUS wants to know everything we’re doing.'”
“How much more evidence do we need? At what point does Mr. Obama come out of hiding and offer his version of the facts? That’s my question,” Farrell added. “All the hysteria over [Russian] hacking was all on Obama’s watch. Where’s the accountability? I want him deposed.”