Judge dismisses Carter Page’s lawsuit against FBI despite ‘deeply disturbing’ surveillance

Judge dismisses Carter Page’s lawsuit against FBI despite ‘deeply disturbing’ surveillance
Judge dismisses Carter Page’s lawsuit against FBI despite ‘deeply disturbing’ surveillance

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by Carter Page, a former associate of President Donald Trump, over the FBI’s controversial surveillance of him as part of its probe into the Trump campaign.

U.S. District Judge Dabney Friedrich issued the ruling Thursday saying Page, who was an informal adviser to Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, cannot sue the FBI or other former officials involved in the $75 million lawsuit. dollars (pdf).

Page filed a lawsuit in 2020 against the FBI, the Justice Department and several former FBI officials for damages resulting from what he called “unlawful espionage” against him over the now-disproved allegations that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia.

In the lawsuit, Page accused federal agencies and former officials of violating his constitutional and other legal rights by unlawfully surveilling him, noting that the defendants’ “wrongful and unlawful actions (including violations of criminal law federal)” had “violated the federal government”. laws enacted to prevent unlawful spying on persons in the United States, as well as the Constitution.

The defendants listed in the lawsuit included former FBI Director James Comey, former Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, former top counterintelligence official Peter Strzok and former FBI attorney Kevin Clinesmith.

Clinesmith pleaded guilty in 2020 to doctoring a CIA email to make it look like Page was not an asset to the agency, without disclosing that Page was an approved operational contact for the CIA who made account of his interactions with Russian intelligence agents.

The email was used to obtain spy warrants to monitor Page.

Friedrich noted that “the conduct of the FBI in preparing the FISA warrant applications to electronically monitor Page was deeply troubling” and that the government itself “admitted that it lacked probable cause for two of the warrants.”

“No actionable claim”

However, Friedrich, a Trump appointee, ruled the lawsuit should be dismissed because Page had “brought no legal action against any individual defendant or against the United States.”

“Part of that is because Page faces at least three statutory hurdles. First, Congress has not created a private right of action against those who prepare false or misleading FISA applications,” the judge wrote, noting that “both the plain language and the structure of the FISA make it clear that liability liability under 50 USC § 1810 attaches only to those who conduct or perform electronic surveillance.

Second, the judge noted that Congress had “not contemplated claims for damages against federal agents for constitutional violations resulting from unlawful electronic surveillance in the context of national security,” and third, “The Congress has not waived the sovereign immunity of the United States for this type of claim. .”

The FBI has obtained Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants to electronically monitor Page as part of its investigation into the alleged connection between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. At the time, the FISA warrant application described Page as an agent of Russia, although he was not charged with any crime.

Yet the process for obtaining warrants was heavily flawed, and inspectors relied in part on the political opposition’s research dossier on then-candidate Trump, which was authored by the former intelligence officer British Christopher Steele.

Research into the dossier, which had been widely discredited, was funded by Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee.

A number of warrants were later declared invalid while officials admitted the espionage should not have taken place. FBI Director Christopher Wray has since apologized to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) for the manner in which he conducted surveillance of Page.

Katabella Roberts is a news writer for The Epoch Times, focusing primarily on U.S., global, and business news.

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