Carter Page made his move and the Democrats are in deep trouble. Page filed a lawsuit against the Democratic National Committee, the law firm Perkins Coie and it’s partners over the bogus dossier.
He should sue James Comey too and hopefully, he will, but first, he intends to clean the DNC’s clock.
“In connection with an effort to counter the Trump campaign, Defendants undertook to develop opposition research regarding Trump and his campaign, including persons associated with that campaign,” the new lawsuit says.
“As part of this effort, Defendants developed a dossier replete with falsehoods about numerous individuals associated with the Trump campaign—especially Dr. Page. Defendants then sought to tarnish the Trump campaign and its affiliates (including Dr. Page) by publicizing this false information.”
“Defendants leveraged these fabrications within the Federal Bureau of Investigation (‘FBI’) and the United States Department of Justice (‘DOJ’), leading these agencies to present false applications to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (‘FISC’).”
The suit alleges Page was “wrongfully and covertly surveilled” and “has seen his reputation ruined and his personal safety threatened.”
Fox News reported that the suit was filed in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Illinois’ Eastern Division on Thursday, and was described by his attorneys as the “first of multiple actions in the wake of historic” Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) abuse.
“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,” attorney John Pierce said Thursday. “Defendants and those they worked with inside the federal government did not and will not succeed in making America a surveillance state.”
He added: “This is only the first salvo. We will follow the evidence wherever it leads, no matter how high. … The rule of law will prevail.”
Page first filed a defamation suit on his own against the parties in October 2018 in federal court in Oklahoma, but that suit was dismissed in January last year, after the judge ruled the court lacked jurisdiction over the case because neither Page nor the DNC had strong enough ties to the state.
He is now represented by Pierce, the global managing partner of Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht LLP. They filed in Illinois because they allege the relationship with the firm behind the dossier, Fusion GPS, was “orchestrated” through law firm Perkins Coie’s Chicago office. The suit claims the DNC “has a historical pattern” of making Chicago its principal place of business.