A former Trump campaign associate who was wiretapped by the FBI sued the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Oct. 21, demanding that the government provide him with the opportunity to review, before it is made public, the forthcoming inspector generals report on potential surveillance abuses in his case.
In a lawsuit filed with the U.S. District Court in Washington, Carter Page accuses the DOJ of violating his privacy rights by failing to grant him the opportunity to review the report before the document is published.
The DOJ Office of Inspector General is expected to soon release a voluminous report examining potential surveillance abuses tied to secret court warrants that the FBI obtained to spy on Page.
Page additionally alleges that the DOJ violated his privacy rights by disclosing copies of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) application to the New York Times prior to giving him an opportunity to review the documents.
In addition to requesting damages and the prosecution of the officials involved, Page is asking the court to order the DOJ to hand over all of the documents he has long sought to review and amend.
“The DOJ, its employees and officers, including those in the affiliated agency of the FBI under their jurisdiction, acted intentionally or willfully in violation of Dr. Pages privacy rights,” the lawsuit states.
“As a result of the DOJs violations of the Privacy Act, Dr. Page has suffered adverse harmful effects, including, but not limited to, mental distress, emotional trauma, embarrassment, humiliation, and lost or jeopardized present or future financial opportunities.”
Page filed a formal Privacy Act request in May 2017. The request remains unfulfilled.
The Privacy Act of 1974 prohibits the government from releasing information on individuals to the public without written consent. One of the provisions also empowers citizens to review and request amendments to records that the government holds in its possession.
While the lawsuit asks the court to order the DOJ not to release the report until Page has a chance to review it, Page clarified that he isnt seeking such a delay.
“There is actually no need for delay,” Page wrote in an email to The Epoch Times. “For example, I was in D.C. for five straight days last weekend—Thursday morning through Monday night, October 17–21. And I had asked DOJ to meet that Thursday, 10/17. If they had followed the law and granted me permission for review like I have been requesting for many months, I wouldve worked on my review intensively last Saturday and Sunday. They could have received it by the time they returned to the office on Monday morning. But instead, they just continued stonewalling me so I had no choice [but] to sue. Bottom line: Im not trying to delay anything, but will keep doing everything possible to ensure that its actually accurate this time.”
The FBI obtained a FISA warrant and began surveilling Page in October 2016. The FISA warrant application described Page as an agent of Russia. The government didnt charge Page with a crime.
The FBI obtained the warrant as part of its counterintelligence investigation of the Trump campaign. The Read More – Source