A U.S. district judge Thursday dismissed former Trump campaign aide Carter Page’s lawsuit claiming the FBI illegally spied on him.
Page served as an informal advisor to former President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign. The FBI secured four Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants to electronically surveil him in its investigation of accused ties between the campaign and Russia’s government, but his lawsuit against the U.S., Justice Department (DOJ), FBI and some of its former personnel labeled the warrant applications “false and misleading,” according to U.S. District Court Judge Dabney Friedrich’s decision.
The FISA applications were significantly based on reporting from former British spy Christopher Steele, whose famous “Steele Dossier” accused Page of participating in a conspiracy between Russia and the Trump campaign to affect the 2016 election.
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Friedrich said Thursday Page could not legally sue former FBI Director James Comey, former FBI attorney Kevin Clinesmith or any of the other individual defendants for the surveillance because they did not personally perform it, according to Politico.
She determined his lawsuit lacked any “actionable claim against any individual defendant or against the United States.”
Clinesmith pleaded guilty in 2020 to altering an email by denying that Page was a CIA source, despite allegedly believing his statement was true, according to The Associated Press.
The email was being used to bolster one of the FBI’s applications to monitor Page.
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