Attorney General Bill Barr’s Department of Justice has been charged by former Trump campaign aide Carter Page of “Orwellian overreach” due to their refusal to grant Page early access to the Inspector General’s report on alleged FISA warrant abuses.
Page is found at the center of the controversy surrounding the alleged surveillance of the Trump campaign in 2016. He was suspected to be a Russia asset but was never charged. The FBI used Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) applications in order to spy on Page to determine if he was working with Russia to meddle in the 2016 election.
IG Michael Horowitz’s much-anticipated report does not examine Page’s actions specifically but rather alleged DOJ and FBI misconduct during the time period.
Page filed a lawsuit last month, alleging that the Justice Department violated the Privacy Act of 1974, and demanding that he be granted early access to the forthcoming report in order to review and request amendments to the report. He also is seeking damages and court costs.
The DOJ has denied Page’s request thus far. The report is set to be released on December 9th, and Page has gone on the offensive to attempt to gain access beforehand.
In a court filing obtained by Fox News, Page declared, “On Monday, this Court confirmed that Article II authorities “do not have subjects, bound by loyalty or blood, whose destiny they are entitled to control.”
“But characteristic of the Defendant’s Orwellian overreach, DOJ has instead continued to exercise an even greater level of absolute control entailing life-threatening damages against the Plaintiff, stemming from the United States Government’s incessant violations of the Privacy Act of 1974 and other alleged criminal activity.”
The former Trump aide indicated that he’s not done fighting yet, saying that if an “amicable solution” is not reached, he will file an emergency injunction to “mitigate the impact of further criminal activity by the Defendant.”