Carter Page Files Lawsuit Against DNC for Anti-Trump Steele Dossier
Former Trump advisor files suit against Democratic National Committee
Former Trump aide Carter Page on Thursday filed a lawsuit in federal court against the Democratic National Committee and the law firm tied to funding of the unverified Steele dossier that was used to issue surveillance warrants against him.
The suit has been described by Carter's attorneys as the “first of multiple actions in the wake of historic” Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) abuse.
The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Illinois’ Eastern Division on Thursday.
“This is a first step to ensure that the full extent of the FISA abuse that has occurred during the last few years is exposed and remedied,” attorney John Pierce said.
“Defendants and those they worked with inside the federal government did not and will not succeed in making America a surveillance state.”
“This is only the first salvo. We will follow the evidence wherever it leads, no matter how high. … The rule of law will prevail.”
In October 2018, Page filed a lawsuit in federal court in Oklahoma but was later dismissed the following year after the judge ruled the court lacked jurisdiction over the case.
According to Fox News:
Page is now represented by Pierce, the global managing partner of Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht LLP.
They filed in Illinois because they allege the relationship with the firm behind the dossier, Fusion GPS, was “orchestrated” through law firm Perkins Coie's Chicago office.
The suit also claims the DNC "has a historical pattern” of making Chicago its principal place of business.
Pierce called the suit the first in a “campaign to restore Dr. Page’s name and hold those who targeted him accountable.”
Page’s lawsuit does not specify the amount sought, instead seeking “compensatory, special and punitive damages in appropriate amounts to be established at trial.”
The suit alleges that the DNC, Perkins Coie, and partners Marc Elias and Michael Sussman “used false information, misrepresentations, and other misconduct to direct the power of the international intelligence apparatus and the media industry against” Page “to further their political agenda.”
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The news comes after the Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz uncovered evidence last year that an FBI lawyer falsified information on a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant document to target Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign.
DOJ IG Horowitz found that the FBI lawyer manipulated a key investigative document related to the Bureau's secretive surveillance of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, according to multiple reports.
On Thursday, the Justice Department acknowledged that it lacked sufficient cause to continue wiretaps against Page.
The department admitted at least two of the four FISA warrant applications lacked “probable cause to believe that Page was acting as an agent” of the Russian government.
“In connection with an effort to counter the Trump campaign, Defendants undertook to develop opposition research regarding Trump and his campaign, including persons associated with that campaign,” reads the suit.
“As part of this effort, Defendants developed a dossier replete with falsehoods about numerous individuals associated with the Trump campaign—especially Dr. Page. Defendants then sought to tarnish the Trump campaign and its affiliates (including Dr. Page) by publicizing this false information.”
Last year, disgraced former FBI director James Comey admitted that the bureau's abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to spy on Donald Trump's election campaign, under his command, "was not acceptable," confessing, "I was wrong."