Carter Page sued fired FBI Director James Comey, fired FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, the FBI, and others involved in the improper Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act snooping on the former Trump campaign associate that relied upon British ex-spy Christopher Steele’s discredited dossier to obtain approval from the FISA court.
Page filed the 59-page complaint with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Friday, with his lawyers saying that he “seeks relief herein 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.”
The lawsuit was filed against Comey, McCabe, the bureau, the Justice Department, fired FBI deputy assistant director of counterintelligence Peter Strzok, former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, former supervisory special agent Joseph Pientka, FBI agent Stephen Somma, and supervisory intelligence analyst Brian Auten, with Page condemning the “unjustified and illegal actions” and “unlawful spying” and arguing that the court should award him “compensatory and special damages” for no less than $75 million.
DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s December 2019 report on FISA abuse concluded that the FBI’s investigation was filled with serious missteps and concealed exculpatory information from the FISA court. Horowitz criticized the bureau for at least 17 “significant errors and omissions” discovered in the Page FISA applications spanning from fall 2016 to summer 2017. The FISA filings relied upon a salacious, unverified, and now-discredited dossier compiled by Steele, who’d been hired by Fusion GPS, which in turn was hired by Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee through the Perkins Coie law firm.
Page was never charged with any wrongdoing.
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