Carter Page, who had been working as a CIA asset FOR America, was wrongly accused of being a Russian asset. Now he’s going after the players who tried to take him down. By name.
While the rest of us are in limbo playing the will-he won’t-he guessing game about what’s coming next with Barr and Durham, Carter Page is done waiting.
After being pounded like a piñata for years, he’s going directly after the individuals who used their power to almost destroy his life.
The names that aren’t redacted, should all sound familiar. They’ve been in the news for four years.
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.
Page’s 59-page complaint lists as defendants a veritable “Who’s Who” of the SpyGate scandal, including former FBI Director James Comey, Assistant Director Andrew McCabe, and the disgraced team of Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. Also singled out were Kevin Clinessmith, who earlier this year pleaded guilty to falsifying an email to hide Page’s past service as a source to the CIA, and FBI Agents Joe Pientka, Stephen Somma, and Brian Auten, with additional defendants identified merely as John Doe 1 – 10 and Jane Doe 1 – 10[emphasis added].
The first four counts of his complaint allege claims under FISA, with one count seeking damages for each of the four FISA court orders the defendants obtained against Page. FISA provides a private right of action to allow “an aggrieved person. . . who has been subjected to an electronic surveillance or about whom information obtained by electronic surveillance of such person has been disclosed,” to sue those responsible.
In addition to stating a civil claim for damages under FISA, Page’s attorneys note in the complaint that FISA makes it a criminal offense to illegally “engage in electronic surveillance under color of law.” While only the government can prosecute a criminal violation of FISA, the allegation is a stark reminder that other than Clinesmith, no criminal cases have resulted from the illegal targeting of Page and the Trump campaign—at least not yet. –Federalist
Count five references a law that permits a private individual to sue the government and its agents for civil wrongs relating to wrongful conduct.
Count six is a Bivens complaint relating to the violation of his Fourth Amendment rights.
With so many redacted names, and so much of the wrongdoing already exposed and on the public record, discovery is going to be delicious.
Maybe now, with their fortunes on the line, smug SOBs like Brennan, Comey, McCabe, and Strzok will finally wipe those grins off their faces.
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