Lisa Page Sues FBI & DOJ, Demands Reimbursement for “Therapy”
Written by Luis Miguel
Ex-FBI lawyer Lisa Page is suing the FBI and Department of Justice, claiming that the government violated the Federal Privacy Act when it published her text messages with Peter Strzok, the fired anti-Trump FBI agent with whom she had an extra-marital affair.
In the complaint filed Tuesday, Page said the release of her texts caused her numerous damages, including “permanent loss of earning capacity due to reputational damage” and “the cost of therapy to cope with unwanted national media exposure and harassment” by President Trump:
Likewise, President Trump has repeatedly attacked Ms. Page, leveraging his public platform to disparage her and attempt to undermine the Special Counsel and FBI. Since December 12, 2017, President Trump has referenced Ms. Page in dozens of television interviews, press conferences, statements from the White House, and tweets. In these statements, the President has referred to Ms. Page as “incompetent,” “corrupt,” “pathetic,” “stupid,” a “dirty cop,” a “loser,”a “clown,” “bad people,” “sick people,” a “lover,” a “great lover,” a “wonderful lover,” a “stupid lover,” and “lovely.” He has called the text messages a “disaster” and an “embarrassment.” He has accused Ms. Page of treason and other crimes.
Additionally, Page’s complaint sought reimbursement for
“the cost of childcare during and transportation to multiple investigative reviews and appearances before Congress,” attorney’s fees, and for the “cost of paying a data-privacy service to protect her personal information.”
Page said in the complaint that on December 12, 2017,
“DOJ and/or FBI officials disclosed” her personal text messages “directly to a select group of reporters to ensure they would become public.” The former FBI attorney alleged that she would be able to prove that senior officials were aware they were violating the law and that their conduct was “willful and intentional.”
Among the texts in question was one from July 2016, in which Page wrote to Strzok, “She [Hillary Clinton] just has to win now. I’m not going to lie, I got a flash of nervousness yesterday about Trump.” Mere days after, the FBI began its investigation of then-candidate Trump’s alleged ties to Russia.
On another occasion, Page wrote, “This man cannot be president,” after President Trump made a joke about his hand size at a presidential debate.
In her lawsuit, Page made the case that federal law prevents agencies from releasing personal records about individuals
“unless an exception applies or the individual who is the subject of the record consents in writing to the disclosure.”
She also argued that there was no public interest justification for the government’s leak because DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz was already reviewing the text and found
“no evidence of bias affecting investigative decisions it reviewed, including matters in which Ms. Page was involved.”
Horowitz, however, stated in a report last year that the anti-Trump texts of Page and Strzok were
“not only indicative of a biased state of mind but, even more seriously, implies a willingness to take official action to impact the presidential candidate’s electoral prospects.”
Strzok, who worked on the Hillary Clinton e-mail server case, the Russia election interference case, and the Mueller probe, was fired over the text messages in August of last year.
Page has maintained that her political views did not influence her work at the FBI. Her suit likely faces a challenge from the government. According to precedent in the Supreme Court case Federal Aviation Administration v. Cooper, lawsuits against the government under the Privacy Act for emotional or mental distress are not immune from sovereign immunity, which limits individuals’ rights to sue the government.
The report released Monday by Horowitz found that the FBI committed a number of glaring errors in the procedures that led to the Trump-Russia probe and in the obtainment of surveillance warrants for use against former Trump advisor Carter Page.
In a Daily Beast interview this month, Page broke her silence and responded to the president’s public jabs at her, which she said make her feel like she has been “punched in the gut.”
“But it’s also very intimidating because he’s still the president of the United States,” Page said. “And when the president accuses you of treason by name, despite the fact that I know there’s no fathomable way that I have committed any crime at all, let alone treason, he’s still somebody in a position to actually do something about that. To try to further destroy my life. It never goes away or stops, even when he’s not publicly attacking me.”
Luis Miguel is a writer whose journalistic endeavors shed light on the Deep State, the immigration crisis, and the enemies of freedom. Follow his exploits on Facebook, Twitter, Bitchute, and at luisantoniomiguel.com.
Courtesy of The New American