Former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page sued the Justice Department, the FBI, and multiple officials involved in Crossfire Hurricane on Friday for $75 million, saying that he was the victim of “unlawful spying” as part of the government’s investigation of the Trump campaign.
Page asserts in the lawsuit, filed in federal court in Washington D.C. on Friday, that investigators violated “his Constitutional and other legal rights in connection with unlawful surveillance and investigation of him by the United States Government.”
“Dr. Page was targeted because of his lawful association with the 2016 Presidential campaign of Donald Trump,” Page’s complaint says.
The complaint centers on four applications the FBI submitted to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) to surveil Page as part of Crossfire Hurricane, a counterintelligence investigation opened in July 2016 into possible links between the Trump campaign and Russia.
A Justice Department inspector general (IG) report released on Dec. 9, 2019, found that the FBI made at least 17 “significant” errors in applications submitted to the FISC. The Justice Department has deemed two of the four surveillance orders to be invalid based on the IG’s findings.