Vowing it would only be the “first salvo” in a quest for rule of law to prevail, former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page announced a lawsuit against the Democratic National Committee (DNC).
Page is suing the DNC over funding of an unverified dossier used to attain FISA court warrants which were used as a means to surveil the President’s campaign.
The Justice Department has since determined that the subsequent warrants to wiretap Page were unlawfully obtained and specifically excluded knowledge that he was a CIA source.
The lawsuit does not specifically state the amount of damages being sought, though it mentions Page is seeking “compensatory, special and punitive damages in appropriate amounts to be established at trial.”
#FISA Government found two of four surveillance warrants for Trump campaign aide Carter Page invalid and decision pending on remaining two, citing “misstatements and omissions.” This sets up possible scenario FBI/DOJ October 2016 application and three 2017 renewals ALL invalid. pic.twitter.com/ACPQC3zKWz
— Catherine Herridge (@CBS_Herridge) January 24, 2020
What’s Behind the Suit?
Page’s lawsuit alleges that the DNC and Marc Elias among others “used false information, misrepresentations and other misconduct to direct the power of the international intelligence apparatus and the media industry against” him to “further their political agenda.”
Prior to the 2016 election, the DNC reportedly paid former British spy, Christopher Steele, $160,000 dollars for opposition research on President Trump.
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Steele gathered information from top Russian officials including a former spy chief and top Kremlin adviser.
Hillary Clinton, you may recall, outed her lawyer, Elias, as having paid for the infamous Steele dossier.
“It [the Steele dossier] was research started by a Republican donor during the primary, and then when Trump got the nomination for the Republican Party, the people doing it came to my campaign lawyer [Elias] and said, ‘would you like us to continue it?'” she confessed.
“He said yes,” Clinton continued during an interview on Comedy Central. “He’s an experienced lawyer, he knows what the law is, he knows what opposition research is.”
So wait, soliciting foreign opposition research to sway an election is okay then? Huh …
It begins (well, again): Carter Page suing DNC and Perkins Coie to get his reputation backhttps://t.co/xfNAXMWnct
— Ashe Schow (@AsheSchow) January 30, 2020
Will Hillary herself be next?
“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,” Page’s attorney stated in discussing the lawsuit.
“Defendants and those they worked with inside the federal government did not and will not succeed in making America a surveillance state.”
As stated above, Elias was approached with the dossier and Clinton knew about it.
Devin Nunes writes letter to Adam Schiff pointing out several serious errors Schiff made in characterizing Steele dossier, Page FISA, more. ‘It is clear you are in need of rehabilitation…’ pic.twitter.com/qoY3p7EJOo
— Byron York (@ByronYork) December 15, 2019
House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff issued a memo after Republicans accused the FBI of since-proven FISA abuses. Perhaps he should be a target as well?
“This is only the first salvo,” Page’s attorney continued. “We will follow the evidence wherever it leads, no matter how high. … The rule of law will prevail.”
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