Carter Page, a former Trump aide who was surveyed by the FBI during the investigation in Russia, filed a $ 75 million lawsuit against James Comey, the office, the Department of Justice and former director of the FBI.
The lawsuit, filed on Friday, accuses the FBI, DOJ and Comey of violating Page’s constitutional “and other legal rights to illegally monitor and investigate the U.S. government.”
“This case is about holding accountable the entities and individuals responsible for the most serious violations and abuses of the program. [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] The FISA Statute, adopted more than forty years ago, “the complaint states.
The FBI, relying on information from the file of former English spy Christopher Steele, has since sought to obtain FISA orders against Page, with whom Steele was allegedly linked to a Russian campaign of influence during the 2016 presidential election.
The lawsuit evokes four requests that the FBI filed with the External Intelligence Court to obtain more information about Page as part of the “Crossfire Hurricane” investigation. The General Report of the Department of Justice’s 2019 Inspector found that the FBI made a number of significant errors in its applications.
Niether, the FBI, and the DOJ immediately responded to Fox News ’inquiry.
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“The facts of this case … were described relatively well,” lawyer Tim Parlatore, who represented the paper, told Fox news on Saturday.
“Between the Horowitz Report and the various congresses [investigations] there are no bombing revelations on this subject in this lawsuit, other than that Page seeks to gain a whole from the people who completely destroyed his life. “
The lawsuit will be opened in November by former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who stated at a November hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee that “any material misrepresentation or error in FISA’s application is unacceptable” and acknowledged that the FBI was “responsible” for its work. which was immersed in FISA. “
However, McCabe also defended the investigation in his opening testimony.
“We didn’t open a case because one candidate liked it or the other didn’t like it,” he said at the time. “… We launched a case to find out how the Russians were undermining our choices. We started a case because it was our duty – our duty to do so. We did our job.”
The 2019 IG report, noting the mistakes made in the FBI’s FISA application process, found no intentional misconduct or political bias around the launch of the probe, and the efforts to be submitted to FISA guarantee that Page will be spyed.
The DOJ said in June that at least two of the FBI’s four requests for surveillance against Page mentioned in the complaint were invalid, according to a downgraded summary of the DOJ assessment published by the External Intelligence Court.
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Parlatore says Page is “feeling really good” about the lawsuit.
“Our four companies are working on this,” Parlatore said. “[Page] he has been beaten in the last four years. You now have the opportunity for accountability and justice. “
The lawyer added that the case was “although politically prosecuted” about the law, the facts and what they did to Carter. ”Companies representing Page“ deliberately waited for the lawsuit to be filed ”until the 2020 presidential election to avoid politicization .
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