Lisa Page: ‘If I Had This to Do Over Again, I Wouldn’t Write This Sh** Down’

By Susan Jones | March 13, 2019 | 11:27am EDT
Former FBI Lawyer Lisa Page walks into a House Judiciary Committee closed door meeting on July 13, 2018. A transcript of that hearing was released on March 12, 2019. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

( – “This has been obviously the worst year of my life,” Lisa Page said in her closed-door testimony before a joint hearing of the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees last July.

“And certainly, if I had this to do over again, I wouldn’t write this shit down in my personal – in a work-related text message. But we have not been treated fairly,” she said.

Ranking member Doug Collins (R-Ga.) released the entire transcript of Page’s testimony on Tuesday, and much of that testimony focused on the text messages Page exchanged with Peter Strzok on her FBI-issued cell phone.

The two were engaged in an extra-marital affair, and both of them were involved in the FBI’s Hillary Clinton email investigation, and immediately afterward, the Trump-Russia investigation.

Some of their text messages display support for Clinton and hostility for Trump.

Asked by a Democrat committee staffer if there was anything she would like to say for the record, Page wept, then said:


I have unquestionably made mistakes, but those mistakes reflect my personal life and having bad judgment. But we have both been committed to the defense of this country for our entire careers, both of us (referring to Strzok).

So we have been caught up in politics, and I understand that that happens, and certainly, if I had this to do over again, I wouldn’t write this shit down in my personal – in a work-related text message. But we have not been treated fairly.

What matters is our actions. Our personal views, regardless of what they are, are irrelevant. What matters is what we do. And over and over and over again, there is absolutely nothing that anyone can point to to suggest that we ever took any step that was inappropriate. And, in fact, with all fairness, you have my every sentiment before you. It’s not like we held back here.

So if there was something to find, you have every single email we have ever exchanged. You have all of these text messages. There is nothing to find here. We did a good job on both cases, and we did it the way the American people would expect us to do it.

Here Page tells committee investigators they should go ahead and ask her more questions, if they have any. “It’s fine. It’s fine,” she said, emotional. “Don’t worry about the time, let’s just do it.”

After a recess, Democrat staffer gave Page a change to respond to allegations that “an affair can be blackmail risk, a national security risk.”

Strzok was the head of the FBI’s counter-intelligence division and Page, an FBI lawyer, worked directly for Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe

But Page denied that she or Strzok could have been blackmailed:

“I mean, it is untrue because we have always put our country first,” she said. “And so we are well-trained. We can recognize an approach. Any attempt at compromise would not have been successful,” she said.

“And, in fact, there was no such attempt at compromise?” the committee staffer asked.

“No,” Page responded.

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