Former FBI attorney Lisa Page is suing the Department of Justice and the FBI for violating her privacy by releasing her personal information to the public.
Page, 39, announced her lawsuit over Twitter on Tuesday. The attorney alleges that the DOJ and the FBI’s release of text messages between her and then-FBI agent Peter Strzok violated Privacy Act provisions regulating the release of private information to the media.
“I sued the Department of Justice and FBI today,” Page said. “I take little joy in having done so. But what they did in leaking my messages to the press was not only wrong, it was illegal.”
I sued the Department of Justice and FBI today.
I take little joy in having done so. But what they did in leaking my messages to the press was not only wrong, it was illegal.https://t.co/ecR58rmxlB
— Lisa Page (@NatSecLisa) December 10, 2019
The DOJ released 375 of Page’s texts to Strzok in December 2017. The DOJ inspector general compiled the messages as part of a larger investigation into alleged bias at the FBI. The messages were released as evidence that some FBI officials displayed bias against President Trump.
Page asserts that the DOJ and the FBI released the texts as a favor to and as a way to ingratiate themselves with Trump, who was critical of the DOJ and then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions over special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into alleged Russian collusion.
The text messages between Page and Strzok revealed that the two officials were hiding their affair from their respective spouses. The texts also revealed that each official was critical of the president. Page was a member of the FBI’s team investigating the Trump campaign for alleged collusion with Russia to affect the 2016 election.
Page was largely silent after the release of her text messages but criticized Trump in an interview published Dec. 1. She said she was pushed to speak out after Trump had acted out a “demeaning fake orgasm” between her and Strzok at a rally.
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