Lisa Page, the Trump-bashing ex-FBI lawyer who had an affair with a senior official she worked with investigating Russiagate, has split from her husband of 15 years, DailyMail.com can reveal.
Divorce papers filed in the District of Columbia Superior Court show the 44-year-old’s divorce from non-profit executive Joseph Burrow, 46, was finalized on June 29.
The secret trysts between her and Peter Strzok, one of the Bureau’s top counter-intelligence agents, derailed the entire investigation they worked on with ex-Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
DailyMail.com can reveal that lawyer Lisa Page has formally ended her marriage to non-profit executive Joseph Burrow
Divorce papers filed in the District of Columbia Superior Court show the couple’s divorce was finalized on June 29, 2023
Page blamed ‘unhappy and irreconcilable differences’ when she asked a DC judge to grant her a divorce from Joseph Burrow (right) in May
DailyMail.com spotted the former FBI attorney without her wedding ring in Washington, DC, over weekend
The secret trysts between Page and Peter Strzok, one of the Bureau’s top counter-intelligence agents, derailed the entire investigation they worked on with ex-Special Counsel Robert Mueller
Married Strzok tried to reassure his mistress in a late-night text message exchange when she raised her fears about a possible Donald Trump victory in August 2016.
‘He’s not ever going to become president, right? Right,’ Page asked.
‘No. No, he won’t. We’ll stop it,’ her boyfriend and boss replied.
Seven years later, those illicit liaisons have finally taken their toll on her marriage after some of their messages were made public.
Supporters of Trump seized on them to accuse them of concocting a witch hunt in their probe of alleged collusion between the Kremlin and the former president.
The former federal prosecutor, who has shunned the limelight since 2020, was spotted outside her three-bedroom house on Saturday without her wedding ring.
She sported a gray LA Dodgers baseball cap and workout gear as she attended a block party for pupils of a nearby elementary school.
Page gets to keep the former $1,035,600 marital home, in an upmarket neighborhood close to Capitol Hill favored by DC’s political elites, as part of the settlement, court papers show.
But she has also agreed to cough up just over $100,000 to her now-ex-husband within the next five years to buy out his share of the mortgage.
The divorce filings show Page and Burrow decided to ‘live separate and apart’ from November 1, 2020, three years after her affair with Strzok was exposed, in what appears to have been an amicable split struck between the pair.
Burrow, who initially stood by Page and is now working with the United Nations refugee agency, has moved into a house just two blocks away from their former marital home. They share custody of their two young children.
Page, a registered Democrat, became lovers with married FBI counter-intelligence officer Strzok when they both investigated allegations of the former president’s collusion with the Kremlin under the leadership of special counsel Robert Mueller.
Strzok, now 53, appears still to be married to Melissa Hodgman, a 55-year-old executive at the U.S. financial watchdog, the Securities and Exchange Commission who uncovered the affair when she checked her husband’s FBI-issued phone.
That security breach would later play a key part in Strzok’s dismissal.
Strzok, now 53, appears still to be married to Melissa Hodgman, a 55-year-old executive at the U.S. financial watchdog, the Securities and Exchange Commission who uncovered the affair when she checked her husband’s FBI-issued phone
Strzok and Page became lovers when they both investigated allegations of the former president’s collusion with the Kremlin under the leadership of special counsel Robert Mueller
The two lovers were also key players in another probe into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server to do government work when she served as secretary of state.
The pair’s secret romance was revealed in 2017 as well as a string of text messages in which they repeatedly lashed out at Trump.
They exchanged thousands of sneery texts disparaging the ex-commander-in-chief and his voters on their FBI-provided mobile phones, some of which were made public on the instructions of then-Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Page declined to comment on the slew of indictments facing Trump or her own breach of privacy lawsuit with the Department of Justice over the release of those messages when approached by DailyMail.com last weekend.
A report by the Department of Justice inspector general said the government watchdog was ‘particularly concerned’ about the exchanges between her and her one-time squeeze.
It said that they ‘potentially indicated or created the appearance that investigative decisions they made were impacted by bias or improper considerations.’
However, the report added: ‘We did not find documentary or testimonial evidence that political bias or improper motivation influenced the decisions to open the four individual investigations.’
Those four investigations were into Trump campaign associates Carter Page, George Papadopoulos, Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn.
Nevertheless, the findings were seized upon by Trump and his allies who repeatedly slammed the two FBI officials, with the former president hitting out at Strzok and Page on social media and at campaign rallies.
Strzok was initially pulled off the investigation after the messages emerged before being fired altogether in 2018 by then-FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich.
He was also found to have discussed an ‘insurance policy’ if the real estate mogul won and later confessed to Page that he was ‘depressed’ after Trump eventually emerged victorious.
The 22-year FBI veteran decided to sue the Department of Justice for wrongful termination in 2019, arguing his dismissal was politically motivated.
Relying on testimony from Trump’s former chief of staff General John Kelly, his legal team says that Trump raised the possibility of getting the pair fired and revoking their security clearances.
The pair’s secret romance was revealed in 2017 as well as a string of text messages in which they repeatedly lashed out at Trump
Trump blasted the ‘great lovers’ Strzok and Page on Twitter
Page, who resigned in May 2018, also launched her own lawsuit alleging privacy violations over the release of her emails and text messages.
Earlier this month, their lawyers succeeded in stopping a DOJ bid to block the former president from testifying in their cases.
But many of the personal messages have not yet been released by the FBI. They are the subject of a separate FOIA lawsuit brought by conservative transparency campaigners Judicial Watch.
There was one lengthy late-night tirade from March 4, 2016 between the two lovebirds that has been made public in which Page wrote: ‘God, Trump is a loathsome human.’
Strzok would later reply: ‘God, Hillary should win. 100,000,000-0.’
That same night, Page fired back with another message saying: ‘This man cannot be president.’
Those comments came shortly after a Republican primary debate in Detroit, Michigan, broadcast on Fox News.
At the time the Clinton email probe was in full swing, and Strzok was a key figure in it, under the direct supervision of ex-FBI director James Comey.
Strzok also updated Page in those text messages on the state of that email probe.
In June of 2016, he texted her: ‘Now we’re talking about Clinton, and how a lot of people are holding their breath, hoping.’
And in July, after Comey announced that Clinton would not be prosecuted, he texted her: ‘F TRUMP.’
That prompted her to reply: ‘And maybe you’re meant to stay where you are because you’re meant to protect the country from that menace.’
He wrote back: ‘Thanks. It’s absolutely true that we’re both very fortunate. And of course, I’ll try and approach it that way. I just know it will be tough at times. I can protect our country at many levels, not sure if that helps.’
Strzok was initially pulled off the investigation after the messages emerged before being fired altogether in 2018 by then-FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich
Page, who resigned in May 2018, launched her own lawsuit alleging privacy violations over the release of her emails and text messages
But allies of Page and Strzok countered that their comments were harmless and that the issue was overblown.
The two also repeatedly expressed strong political opinions about other candidates in the race.
One text from 2015 shows Strzok calling hard-left presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, Clinton’s rival in the race for the Democratic nomination, ‘an idiot like Trump’.
Another from November 2016 sees the ex-FBI official hit out at two third-party candidates, Green nominee Jill Stein and Libertarian Gary Johnson, the former governor of New Mexico.
Strzok wrote: ‘Stein and moron Johnson are F’ing everything up, too.’
But most of the messages focus on the pair’s disgust with the former president. As the 2016 vote neared, they watched at least one Clinton-Trump debate, making their feelings clear.
On Election Day, Strzok texted once more: ‘OMG this is F*CKING TERRIFYING,’ with a link to a news article suggesting Clinton could lose, to which Page replied, ‘Yeah, that’s not good.’