At long last, Carter Page is looking forward to his day in court. Smeared, spied-on, and run through the ringer during the 2016 presidential campaign and the first months of the Trump presidency, Page is now suing the FBI, the Department of Justice, and former FBI Director James Comey for $75 million. Page, who was a former advisor to the Trump campaign, accuses the defendants of violating his constitutional rights with their “unlawful surveillance” and baseless investigation into his activities.
“This case is about holding accountable the entities and individuals who are responsible for the most egregious violation and abuse of the FISA statute since it was enacted over forty years ago,” the lawsuit reads.
Page wound up in the FBI’s crosshairs as a result of the idiotic, fictionalized dossier penned by former British spy Christopher Steele. Using the dossier as a basis for their warrants, the bureau lied to the FISA court and disgraced themselves as they looked to put an American citizen under unprecedented surveillance. At no time did the FBI produce any evidence that Page was connected to the Kremlin or that he was a part of Russia’s interference campaign in the 2016 election.
Page’s attorney, Tim Parlatore, appeared on Fox News this weekend to lay out the case against the government.
“The facts of this case have been relatively well-briefed,” Parlatore said. “Between the Horowitz report and various congressional investigations on this subject, there are no bombshell revelations in this lawsuit other than Page is seeking to be made whole from the individuals who have completely destroyed his life. We have four firms working on this. My client has been beaten up for the past four years. Now is his opportunity to get accountability and justice.”
We’ve waited patiently for these last four years to see the FBI face accountability for their role in twisting the law to suit Obama’s political needs. Unfortunately, with Biden coming in, the chances of getting a true reckoning inside the DOJ grow slimmer than ever. But if Page’s lawsuit is effective, we can at least take joy in knowing that these entities will have to pay – literally – for what they did. Even if we can no longer hope that the Comeys and Strzoks of the world will face prison, the fact that they might have to shell out money from their own pockets is enough to put a smile on our faces.
And, perhaps, it will be enough to make future federal law enforcement leaders think twice about pursuing an investigation for purely political purposes.