“This is only the first salvo,” says John Pierce, but that depends on your scorecard. Pierce filed a defamation lawsuit in federal court on behalf of Carter Page against the Democratic National Committee and partners of its law firm Perkins Coie over the Christopher Steele dossier and the FISA surveillance it prompted. By some counts, this is the third salvo — after courts tossed out similar complaints in New York and Oklahoma.
First, let’s give Pierce the floor:
Former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page filed a lawsuit Thursday in federal court against the Democratic National Committee, law firm Perkins Coie and its partners tied to the funding of the unverified dossier that served as the basis for highly controversial surveillance warrants against him.
The suit was filed in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Illinois’ Eastern Division Thursday morning, and was described by his attorneys as the “first of multiple actions in the wake of historic” Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) abuse.
“This is a first step to ensure that the full extent of the FISA abuse that has occurred during the last few years is exposed and remedied,” attorney John Pierce said Thursday. “Defendants and those they worked with inside the federal government did not and will not succeed in making America a surveillance state.”
He added: “This is only the first salvo. We will follow the evidence wherever it leads, no matter how high. … The rule of law will prevail.”