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Carter Page files $75 million suit against DoJ, Comey, FBI over 'unlawful surveillance'

Suit alleges "multiple violations of [Page's] Constitutional and other legal rights."

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Carter Page, Feb. 26
Carter Page, Feb. 26
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Updated: November 30, 2020 - 3:21am

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Former Trump adviser Carter Page has filed a $75 million lawsuit against multiple high-ranking Department of Justice officials—including the Department of Justice itself, the FBI, James Comey, Andrew McCabe and several others—over what the suit claims are violations of Page's Constitutional rights stemming from surveillance carried out on him years ago. 

The lawsuit seeks "accountability and damages against the individuals and agencies" who reportedly wronged Page via "unlawful surveillance and investigation." The suit alleges that Page was targeted for surveillance "because of his lawful association with the 2016 Presidential campaign of Donald Trump."

The suit argues that "four false and misleading warrant applications" permitted government officials to "engage in electronic surveillance" of Page. The Justice Department has conceded that it had insufficient evidence to justify at least two of the four warrants used against Page. 

The defendants in the case, the suit claims, "fabricated or intentionally disregarded critical evidence, and misled the [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court], in order to obtain the FISA warrants".

"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 states.