President Trump’s former associate, Carter Page, targeted and persecuted by former President Obama’s FBI, is suing the government agencies and agents responsible for illegally spying on him, and through him, the Trump campaign.
Page filed an eight-count complaint according to The Federalist. The complaint names dozens of defendants, including the Federal government, the DOJ, the FBI, James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, Kevin Clinesmith, and others.
In an eight-count complaint filed Friday in the D.C. District Court, Carter Page seeks damages of no less than $75 million from the U.S. government, the Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, and individuals responsible for obtaining four illegal Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act orders against Page.
The lawsuit alleges that Page suffered mental and financial harm because the FBI falsely portrayed him as a traitor and seeks compensation for losses and harm due to the FBI’s actions.
As a direct and proximate result of Defendants’ actions, Dr. Page suffered harm. He was falsely portrayed as a traitor to his country, lost at least tens of millions of dollars of business opportunities and future lifetime earning potential, and has suffered and will continue to suffer mental and emotional pain for his lifetime, in addition to other pecuniary harms such as costs, fees, attorneys’ fees and other losses.
Kevin Clinesmith was also named in the lawsuit. Earlier this year, U.S. Attorney John Durham charged Clinesmith, an FBI lawyer, with “one count of making a false statement within both the jurisdiction of the executive branch and judicial branch of the U.S. government,” an offense that carries a maximum term of imprisonment of five years and a fine of up to $250,000.
Clinesmith pleaded guilty to falsifying exculpatory evidence, evidence that would have ended the investigation of Page. Clinesmith’s falsified evidence was part of a package submitted by the FBI to obtain a FISA warrant.
Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, also named in the lawsuit for illegal spying, claimed ignorance of the inaccuracies of the applications and said he would not pursue a FISA warrant under those circumstances.
Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Lindsay Graham, in a recent hearing, asked McCabe who was responsible for “ruining Carter Page’s life.”
McCabe responded, “I think that we are all responsible for the work that went into that FISA. I am certainly responsible as a person in a leadership position with oversight over these matters. I accept that responsibility fully.”
Leslie McAdoo Gordon, Page’s D.C.-based attorney explained that Carter’s life has been seriously damaged by the false accusation that he was a Russian spy. “It is high time that he receives compensation for the gross and deliberate violations of his civil liberties by government officials.”