(Liberty Bell) – Attorneys for the Democratic National Committee and the Obama White House are fighting a petition to dismiss a lawsuit filed on behalf of Deep State target Carter Page that the now-debunked Steele “dossier” is essentially “true.”
Page sued the DNC as well as its notorious law firm, Perkins Coie, who famously hired Fusion GPS to produce the infamous dossier, which was compiled as part of the Hillary Clinton campaign’s opposition research efforts during the 2016 election.
The Obama-era Department of Justice and the FBI used the dossier as primary evidence to obtain warrants to spy on Page as he worked on the Trump campaign on suspicion of the Trump-Russia collusion claims which special counsel Robert Mueller was unable to prove were founded.
The DNC/Obama lawyer’s motion to dismiss the case, however, asserts that the “alleged defamatory statements” made against Page by Steele “were substantially true,” the Washington Examiner reported.
According to WND: “The Democratic lawyers argue the court lacks jurisdiction, that Page’s claims of defamation and conspiracy passed the statute of limitations, and that Page did properly allege defamation and conspiracy.”
“Here, the ‘gist’ of the complained-of statements — that Page coordinated with Russian government contacts as an adviser to the Trump campaign — aligns with Page’s own description of his conduct,” the motion states. “Page’s own allegations demonstrate the substantial truth of statements that Page traveled to Russia and met with associates of the Russian government. Plaintiffs’ defamation claims should be dismissed based on that basis alone.”
WND gives the background:
Page’s lawsuit was filed in January in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Illinois’ Eastern Division.
His lawyers said it is the “first of multiple actions in the wake of historic” abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act documented by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz in a report released in December.
Horowitz found the Obama administration was guilty of 17 “significant omissions and errors” in the process of obtaining four warrants to spy on Page.
The RedState blog commented the “real goldmine” in Page’s lawsuit “will not be a monetary settlement, it will be the discovery process which will give Carter Page’s legal team the ability to gain access to all manner of communications by the DNC and Perkins Coie concerning anything to do with the Steele Dossier.”
RedState said Page was the “designated fall-guy in the attempted Democrat coup against President Trump.”
Page attorney John Pierce said the lawsuit is the “first step to ensure that the full extent of the FISA abuse that has occurred during the last few years is exposed and remedied.”
“Defendants and those they worked with inside the federal government did not and will not succeed in making America a surveillance state,” Pierce said.
The complaint claims that: “The DNC, through Perkins Coie, Elias, and Sussman, hired Fusion GPS not to report the truth but to create dirt. And they forged ahead with disseminating the defamatory information produced by Fusion GPS to further Defendants’ own political ambitions.”
Following last December’s release of the Horowitz, the DOJ told the FISA court that the last two surveillance warrants issued by the court against Page were “invalid.”
Horowitz was critical of the unreliable Steele, noting that the FBI’s meetings with Steele’s sources “raised significant questions about the reliability of the Steele election reporting.”
The Examiner noted that the CIA referred to the Steele dossier as “internet rumor.”
FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith, who is currently under criminal investigation by US Attorney John Durham, altered a key document to bolster the false claim that Page was not a CIA source, the Horowitz report revealed.
Durham has been tasked by US Attorney General Bill Barr with investigating the origins of Spygate.