Supreme Court declines to review Carter Page defamation suit against DNC

Page's case had been dismissed by several lower courts

Updated: January 10, 2022 - 10:55am

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The Supreme Court on Monday declined review of a defamation case brought by one-time Trump campaign adviser Carter Page against the Democratic National Committee and others with ties to the debunked Steele dossier.

The suit, Page v. Democratic National Committee, alleges that while working as an adviser on the Trump 2016 presidential campaign, a DNC subsidiary company, the law firm of Perkins Coie, and two two Perkins partners – Michael Sussman and Marc Elias – of disseminating false information about the adviser. 

The suit had previously been dismissed on procedural grounds, and not further revived by a number of lower courts. 

The Steele dossier was manufactured by Perkins Coie by way of Democratic research firm Fusion GPS. The infamous document contained false information about Donald Trump and his associates' ties to various Russian individuals and allegations about attempts to influence the outcome of the election. It then became part of the basis for the FBI to obtain a FISA court warrant to surveil Page.

His legal complaint alleges that the Steele dossier "mobilized the news media against Dr. Page, damaging his reputation, and effectively destroying his once-private life."