FBI Officials Who Tried To Bring Down Trump Settle In Court?

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(RestoreAmericanGlory.com) -Two former FBI personnel, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, have tentatively agreed to settle their lawsuits against the Justice Department, which they accused of violating their privacy. This tentative agreement was noted in a court document released on Tuesday, although the specifics of the settlement were not disclosed.

Peter Strzok, previously a senior counterintelligence agent at the FBI, was integral to the investigation into possible connections between Russia and Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign. He was dismissed in 2018 following the public disclosure of text messages he exchanged that were critical of Trump. Lisa Page, a former FBI lawyer, resigned the same year after these messages were leaked.

Their legal claims centered on the Justice Department’s decision in December 2017 to release their text exchanges to journalists. These messages, which included disparaging remarks about Trump, calling him an “idiot” and a “loathsome human,” were part of their lawsuit, asserting that their privacy rights were breached.

In addition to the privacy claims, Strzok also challenged his firing on the grounds that it was a result of undue pressure from Trump, and that it infringed upon his First Amendment rights. This aspect of his legal battle remains unresolved by the current settlement.

The controversy around Strzok and Page grew as Trump openly advocated for Strzok’s dismissal, accusing him of treason. This conflict extended into the courtroom, where Trump was deposed under oath last year as part of the ongoing litigation.

The offensive text messages came to light during an investigation by the Justice Department’s inspector general into the FBI’s handling of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. While Strzok also led this investigation, the inspector general concluded that there was no evidence of political bias affecting the Clinton email probe. Nonetheless, the exposure of the texts not only led to Strzok’s removal from the special counsel’s investigation into Trump and Russia but also fueled Trump’s claims that the probe was a “witch hunt.”

Both Strzok and Page’s attorneys, as well as a spokesperson for the Justice Department, declined to comment on the matter. However, the department has previously defended its decision to release the texts, noting they were also shared with Congress.

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