Carter Page Files Lawsuit Against DNC Over Steele Dossier Involvement
Former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page has filed a lawsuit against the Democratic National Committee over its involvement with the phony Steele Dossier, which was used as the basis for bogus FISA warrants against Page.
Page’s attorneys said the lawsuit was the “first of multiple actions” they plan on taking in the wake of the recent revelations surrounding FISA abuse.
Attorney John Pierce said, “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. Defendants and those they worked with inside the federal government did not and will not succeed in making America a surveillance state.”
He continued, “This is only the first salvo. We will follow the evidence wherever it leads, no matter how high. … The rule of law will prevail.”
The lawsuit, according to Pierce, is the first in a campaign to “restore” Page’s name and hold those who targeted him accountable.
Without mentioning a specific amount, the lawsuit is seeking “compensatory, special and punitive damages in appropriate amounts to be established at trial.”
The lawsuit also targets the law firm hired by the Clinton campaign and DNC, Perkins Coie and its partners Michael Sussman and Marc Elias who retained Fusion GPS, the firm which hired dossier author Christopher Steele.
Fox News reports:
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.”
The dossier in question was filled with salacious claims about Trump and his associates and has been the subject of fierce controversy ever since its public emergence around the time of President Trump’s inauguration. The document was authored by ex-British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, commissioned by opposition research firm Fusion GPS, and funded by the DNC and Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign through law firm Perkins Coie.
Recently, the DOJ Inspector General’s report revealed that the FBI made at least 17 “significant errors or omissions” in applications used to surveil Page.
After that information was revealed, Page vowed to sue the U.S. government and take his lawsuits “right up to the Supreme Court.”
Page told Fox News, “I think there’s a lot more that needs to be done. We’re going to take this right up to the Supreme Court, is our plan right now. There’s a lot more follow-up.”