Dec 10, 2019

Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page sues Justice Department

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Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page filed a lawsuit against the Justice Department on Tuesday for violating the Privacy Act by "unlawfully" releasing text messages between her and the bureau's former deputy assistant director Peter Strzok — with whom she was having an affair.

Why it matters: The lawsuit cites the Justice Department's inspector general report, which was released earlier this week and concluded that political bias did not influence the FBI's Russia investigation. Despite this, Page claims that Trump and his allies have used the text messages to attack her over allegations that she and the FBI sought to take down a president they didn't like, "fueling unwanted media attention that has radically altered her day-to-day life."

Read the lawsuit.

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Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page addresses Trump "insurance policy" text

Lisa Page. Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images

Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page addressed on MSNBC's "'The Rachel Maddow Show" the text message exchange with ex-Bureau counterintelligence deputy head Peter Strzok on an "insurance policy" on President Trump, saying it was "an analogy."

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What they're saying: Former FBI officials respond to inspector general report

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Responding to a Justice Department inspector general report that found that political bias did not taint the 2016 Russia investigation, former FBI Director James Comey wrote in a Washington Post column Monday that "those who smeared the FBI are due for an accounting."

Why it matters: The report largely debunks conspiracy theories promoted by Trump and his allies that the Russia investigation was politically motivated and a product of the so-called "Deep State." However, the report also rebukes FBI officials in rather harsh terms for failing to meet agency standards, especially with respect to surveillance warrants.

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Trump criticizes FBI director after DOJ inspector general report on Russia probe

President Trump criticized FBI Director Christopher Wray for his reaction to the Justice Department inspector general's report on the Russia probe in a Tuesday tweet.

"I don’t know what report current Director of the FBI Christopher Wray was reading, but it sure wasn’t the one given to me. With that kind of attitude, he will never be able to fix the FBI, which is badly broken despite having some of the greatest men & women working there!"

The state of play, via Axios' Jonathan Swan: A number of current and former Trump administration officials think the president would like to dump Wray — but can’t stomach the trouble of firing another FBI director.

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