Trump’s former campaign adviser, Carter Page, filed a lawsuit Thursday against the Democratic National Committee and the law firm linked to the funding of the file that served as the basis for the FBI’s surveillance orders against him.
According to Fox News, the lawsuit was filed in the Eastern Division of the Northern District of Illinois and was described by his lawyers as the “first of many actions in response to the historical abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).
Page’s attorney, John Pierce, said Thursday that the lawsuit would help prevent future abuses of FISA.
“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,” said Pierce. “Defendants and those they worked with inside the federal government did not and will not succeed in making America a surveillance state.”
Surveillance of Page under a FISA order has been at the center of accusations by President Donald Trump and the Republicans, who suggest that former Obama administration officials abused the power of the government for political reasons.
Page’s suit alleges that the Democratic National Committee (DNC), the law firm of Perkins Coie and partners Marc Elias and Michael Sussman used misinformation, misrepresentation, and other misconduct to direct the power of the international intelligence apparatus and the media industry against Page to advance their political agenda.
He similarly alleges that the parties involved “misrepresented Dr. Page’s connections and interactions with certain foreign citizens to create the false impression that Dr. Page, a law-abiding American citizen who served his country honorably in the United States Navy and in the private sector, was in fact an agent of a foreign power, Russia.
“Defendants leveraged these fabrications within the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), leading these agencies to present false applications to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (‘FISC’),” establishes the demand.
The lawsuit states that Page was “illegally and covertly surveilled” and “has had his reputation ruined and his personal safety threatened.”
The file that triggered the spying against Page was full of misplaced claims about President Trump and his associates and has been the subject of controversy since its public appearance at the time of President Trump’s inauguration. The document was written by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, commissioned by the research firm Fusion GPS and funded by the Democratic Committee and Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign through the law firm Perkins Coie.
In December, Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz issued a long-awaited report that found the FBI had made repeated errors and misrepresentations before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, as the FBI tried to monitor Page in 2016 and 2017.
Horowitz confirmed that the FBI’s FISA applications to monitor Page relied heavily on the dossier and news reports based on Steele’s unverified investigation.
An ‘arm’ of Hillary Clinton’s campaign
In the summer of 2016, President Barack Obama made the FBI an arm of Hillary Clinton’s campaign, Republican National Committee national spokeswoman Liz Harrington said in an article for Fox News.
Obama assigned several intelligence resources to investigate Trump’s presidential campaign “collusion” with Russia, a “conspiracy theory” spread by an opposition research firm and former British spy Christopher Steele, who was “desperate to have Donald Trump not elected,” Harrington said.
“POTUS wants to know everything we’re doing,” said ex-agent Peter Strzok, referring to then-President Obama, in a text message to his lover and ex-agent Lisa Page in September 2016. The couple tried hard to prove unverifiable slurs against Donald Trump that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the Democratic National Committee, and the FBI paid for.
They were obsessed with preventing Trump from becoming president. James Comey, the FBI director at the time, was complicit.