Former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page is suing the Democratic National Committee for commissioning the now-debunked Steele dossier, which was replete with falsehoods about Page, in an effort to tarnish the Trump campaign and further their political agenda.
Page filed a lawsuit Thursday in an Illinois federal court against the DNC as well as Perkins Coie and its partners, the law firm that hired opposition research firm Fusion GPS to compile the the dossier on the DNC’s behalf. The lawsuit alleges the DNC and Perkins Coie “used false information, misrepresentations and other misconduct to direct the power of the international intelligence apparatus and the media industry” against Page.
“Defendants misrepresented Dr. Page’s connections to and interactions with certain foreign nationals in order to create the false impression that Dr. Page — who served his country honorably in the United States Navy and in the private sector — was in fact an agent of a foreign power, Russia,” the suit reads.
In December, Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz confirmed that the FBI’s FISA applications to obtain warrants to wiretap Page were based entirely on sources for the DNC-funded Steele dossier.
Horowitz’s IG report on the FBI’s FISA abuses determined there was no evidence that Page was a Russian agent, nor any probable cause to believe he was a Russian spy. Furthermore, Page had actually worked as an asset for the CIA for years to help the agency catch actual Russian spies.
Not only was Page not working for Russia, but Fusion GPS was retained by Russian-owned companies to spread misinformation against other opponents. “Fusion GPS was effectively a false information mercenary for sale to the highest bidder,” the suit claims. “At the same time that Fusion GPS was spreading misinformation about Dr. Page’s supposed connection with Russia, it had been publicly accused of acting as an unregistered agent of the Russian government.”