Judge throws out defamation suit brought by former Trump campaign aide Carter Page

Carter Page, the former campaign aide to Donald Trump who was spied on by the FBI under false pretenses of Russian collusion, has suffered another setback in his efforts to clear his name.

A Delaware judge has thrown out a defamation lawsuit Page brought against Yahoo News and other media outlets that he says helped spread false innuendo from the infamous Christopher Steele dossier, the Associated Press reports.

The FBI spied on Page using powers granted under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) as part of its investigation of debunked collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia — a probe known as Crossfire Hurricane — using an infamous dossier funded by Hillary Clinton as evidence.

Page was never charged with wrongdoing, and Robert Mueller’s subsequent probe eventually came up empty, but that was cold comfort to Page after getting smeared in the press as a Russian agent and spied on without a warrant.

Page: My life was “shattered”

A lawsuit that Page filed in July recalls how his life was “shattered” as a result of “being falsely branded as a traitor” by Oath Inc., the parent company of Yahoo and the former owner of HuffPost, as Fox News reports. But a judge dismissed the case last week.

At issue were 11 articles, 10 from HuffPost, and an infamous September 2016 piece by Yahoo’s Michael Isikoff that was one of the first to mention the dossier.

Judge Craig Karsnitz dismissed Page’s complaint, calling his characterization of the Isikoff piece “either sophistry or political spin,” according to the AP. The judge argued that the article was not unfairly presented as reliable, despite referring to the dossier as an “intelligence report” from a “well-placed” source.

Over the years, Page would become one of the most high-profile victims of FBI misconduct in the Russia hoax that shadowed Trump’s presidency, as it came to the light that the FBI was aware that the Steele dossier was unreliable but withheld such exculpatory information to spy on Page anyway.

He’s still fighting to get his life back

The FBI actually cited Isikoff to corroborate the Steele dossier and justify spying on Page, even though Steele was also Isikoff’s source, as Fox News reported.

Page has been filing lawsuits against these same media companies without success for years, reports note, and in November he sued the Justice Department, FBI, and former FBI Director James Comey for $75 million, according to Fox.

A former FBI lawyer who changed an email to frame Page, Kevin Clinesmith, was recently sentenced to a year of probation.

Then-President Trump pardoned others who had their lives turned upside down by the Russia “witch hunt” before leaving office, including Roger Stone and Michael Flynn, but it remains far from certain that Americans will ever see justice done.

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    1. Notice the state where this judge is located in, Delaware.
      Who was a Senator from the state of Delaware? Was it Donald Duck, Minnie Mouse or Joe Biden? And can anybody wonder why he ruled the way he did.

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  2. JUSTICE will NEVER BE SERVED, in my opinion! The DOJ including the courts have all been corrupted by liberals! Too many judges are legislating from the bench and you can include Roberts!
    Furthermore, obiden will never see a court of law in his obstruction of justice in the Ukraine for his ‘blackmail”!

  3. Why is this tolerated? Why is it those who are victimized have to fight so hard? This man, and so many others were lied about, targeted, etc…. Any judge that would ignore, or dismiss when there is clear evidence should be removed from his bench and disbarred. Judges are supposed to be honest, ethical, abide by the law… Yet, it has been made clear many are not. Payoffs? Threats? Regardless – they should be held accountable as well.

  4. Why did he file in Delaware? Nothing but Liberal judges who don’t know the law from their back end! Well it should be reversed on appeal to a higher court!

  5. Down with Biden and the democratic communist party .Biden is selling us out and nobody cares until its to late Impeach the motherf__ker

  6. OUR “LACK OF JUSTICE” SYSTEM THESE DAYS DEMANDS “PERSONAL ACCOUNTABILITY” FROM EVERYONE EXCEPT THEMSELVES AND THEIR CORRUPT PARTNERS IN CRIME.

    THE OATHS TO SERVE WISELY/TRUTHFULLY/JUSTLY MEAN NOTHING TO THEM. HOWEVER, THEY …ARE …BEING HELD ACCOUNTABLE TO THE LORD, OUR ONE JUST JUDGE OF JUDGES, WHO WILL SEE THAT JUSTICE PREVAILS…AND IT WILL BE AT THE WORST POSSIBLE TIME FOR THOSE WHO DID NOT DO THE JOBS THEY SWORE TO DO.

  7. Who is this bloody judge. He needs to be fired. This isn’t about politics any more and besides, judges are supposed to set their political attachments aside when they are on the bench anyway (although we’ve clearly seen through the election fraud debacle that they don’t.) But this is beyond the pale. The FBI spied on this man and set him up as a political pawn. But for the grace of God, it could have been any one of us. How dare a judge refuse to hear a case, when in doing so he is thumbing his nose at the American people?

    1. i LEARNED WAY BACK WHEN i WAS WORKING ON A LAW DEGREE THAT THE PROBLEM WITH THE JUSTICE SYSTEM IS NOT THE POLICE BUT”’ THE JUDGES” as one cop told me the police arrest someone and the JUDGES turn them lose
      here in NM you can read it every day in the media

  8. How can America let this nut ball Biden run America we need to take matters in our own hands and get this idiot out of office before he dooms America

  9. Well Biden you are brain dead the see India ,Russia china , Mexico are polluting the earth and make Americans suffer and get rid that spoiled brat AOC And that Muslim garbage out of office. and prosecute BLM ,Anifia and forget your idiotic green new deal. Or their wont be no America

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