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Former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page has filed a $75 million lawsuit against all the Obama administration officials who’d targeted him during the heydays of the Russian collusion delusion hoax and conspiracy theory.
The suit was filed Friday by his attorney, Leslie McAdoo Gordon of McAdoo Law.
The suit targets the following disgraced former FBI officials:
- Director James Comey
- Deputy Director Andrew McCabe
- Special agent Peter Strzok,
- Attorney Lisa Page
- Convicted attorney Kevin Clinesmith
- Investigator Joe Pientka III
- Counterintelligence investigator Stephen Somma
- Analyst Brian J. Auten
The suit also names the Department of Justice and the FBI.
It is my privilege to represent Carter Page in his suit against the officials who violated his rights in an outrageous abuse of govt power. #Winterishere.
We’re a team of lawyers working for justice for Carter as you can from this link to the complaint: https://t.co/05nIt8Bx9Y
— Leslie McAdoo Gordon (@McAdooGordon) November 27, 2020
Measuring 59 pages long, the suit demands Page be granted “relief for Defendants’ multiple violations of his Constitutional and other legal rights in connection with unlawful surveillance and investigation of him by the United States Government.”
It further notes that this “unlawful surveillance and investigation” were motivated entirely by politics: “Dr. Page was targeted because of his lawful association
with the 2016 Presidential campaign of Donald Trump.”
According to the suit, the targeting occurred thanks to the plaintiffs’ deceitful exploitation of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
“The complained of misconduct occurred in connection with the submission of four
false and misleading warrant applications to engage in electronic surveillance of Dr. Page, ostensibly pursuant to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act,” it reads.
“Four separate Article III judges unwittingly approved the false applications, submitted in October 2016, January 2017, April 2017, and June 2017, thereby unlawfully resulting in spying on Dr. Page.”
Some of this was confirmed by the Department of Justice Inspector General, who released a report in late 2019 slamming the FBI and DOJ for “at least 17 significant errors or omissions in the Carter Page FISA applications.”
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) August 2, 2020
“The FBI did not have probable cause to lawfully obtain a FISA warrant. Instead,
the FBI used documents furnished by Christopher Steele,” the suit continues.
When applying for FISA warrants, the bureau cited the Steele dossier as a legitimate source of information, despite having known that “Steele had been paid by the Democratic Party and/or the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign to perform ‘political opposition research’ and dig up dirt on a connection between the Trump campaign and Russia in order to divert attention from the investigation of Clinton’s email practices while she was Secretary of State.”
And despite also knowing that the contents of the dossier were total hogwash.
— President-Elect Reed (@Herbert_L_Reed) July 17, 2019
In justifying his admittedly hefty suit, Page pointed to a number of laws, including the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
The act explicitly states that “an aggrieved person … who has been subjected to an electronic surveillance or about whom information obtained by electronic surveillance of such person has been disclosed” has the right to sue.
It further notes that “it is a criminal offense” to illegally “engage in electronic surveillance under color of law.”
“In accordance with core principles of the U.S. Constitution, reinforced by the nation’s legal and cultural aversion to spying on its citizens, Congress and the executive branch have enacted rigorous requirements that must be met before electronic surveillance of a U.S. citizen is legally permitted,” the suit reads.
The suit also cites the Federal Tort Claims Act, which says the government is liable for rights violations “in the same manner and to the same extent as a private individual” (meaning Carter has the right to sue); Bivens v. Six Unknown Named Agents, a case in which the Supreme Court established a right for people whose Fourth Amendment rights have been violated to sue; and the Privacy Act, which Page says was violated when the FBI leaked his confidential information to the media.
And, ironically enough, the suit cites the words of one the defendants: McCabe.
“I was shocked and disappointed at the errors and mistakes that the [DOJ Inspector General] found. To me, any material misrepresentation or error in a FISA application is unacceptable, period. The FBI should be held to the standard of scrupulous accuracy that the [FISA] court demands,” he’d testified to the Senate earlier this month.
He’d added, “We are all responsible for the work that went into that FISA.”
It’s unclear if he’ll maintain the same level of humility once he discovers that Page is now justifiably — according to McCabe’s own words — suing him for millions.
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