The Donald Trump campaign associate who was surveilled by the FBI said he’ll take lawsuits he plans to file against the U.S. government all the way up to the Supreme Court.
Carter Page, appearing on “Fox Business” on Thursday, told host Maria Bartiromo: “I think there’s a lot more that needs to be done. We’re going to take this right up to the Supreme Court, is our plan right now. There’s a lot more follow-up.”
A report from the Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz said the FBI abused the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and made at least 17 “significant errors or omissions” in the four applications made to surveil Page.
There were “many additional errors in the Woods Procedures,” or guidelines that FBI agents are supposed to follow when requesting FISA warrants.
The warrant applications also relied almost entirely on the salacious and uncorroborated dossier compiled by ex-British spy Christopher Steele, who said he and his colleagues feared Trump being elected president.
Page has been unsuccessful in several lawsuits, including one against the Department of Justice and another against Yahoo.
“I think it’s a long road to renewal and restoration of our surveillance state and our entire judicial system. There’s such a dark cloud. There was once a dark cloud over myself and the Trump campaign and all the people associated with it, including then-candidate Trump. But now there’s this dark cloud over both justice system as well as the U.S. court system,” Page said.
“There’s a lot that needs to be done to get to the bottom of it,” he added.
Page confirmed this week that he was a government informant in the past. That was one of the exculpatory details that FBI agents withheld from the FISA applications.
“The things that were in there was just the tip of the iceberg. Every page I look through I know additional details about my life and about the people I was working with, or not working with, as the case may be,” Page said. He said it was an “open question” as to his comments to FBI agents about volunteering for Trump prompted the opening of the probe against him.
Page said on Dec. 9 that he has a team of attorneys going through the inspector general’s report.
The “American people were being told lie after lie” during the investigation, which uncovered no evidence of its original premise, Page said. He said he felt “partially” vindicated, but added: “There is so much more. Every page, there is tons of additional information, which we can then provide. I think the coming lawsuit will definitely help get to the bottom of all this.”