On Monday, Special Counsel John Durham published the results of his multi-year investigation into former President Donald Trump and alleged Russian collusion.
Simultaneously with the release of the final report, a judge appointed by Obama issued a crucial judgment in a case involving former FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. In 2017, it was discovered that Strzok and Page had an extramarital affair and worked on high-profile cases such as Hillary Clinton’s unauthorized private email server and the Trump-Russia collusion investigation together.
The Justice Department’s inspector general wrote that Strzok and Page exchanged thousands of messages on FBI-issued mobile phones, some of which “expressed political opinions about candidates and issues involved in the 2016 presidential election, including statements of hostility” toward Donald Trump “and statements of support for” Hillary Clinton.
Now, the erstwhile FBI lovers have returned to the limelight.
Recently, the U.S. Department of Justice obtained a court order to prevent former President Donald Trump from giving a deposition in connection with lawsuits filed by Strzok and Page.
“The deposition of former President Donald Trump is hereby stayed until the deposition of [F.B.I. Director] Christopher Wray and any ensuing motion practice as to the remaining necessity of the former president’s deposition have been completed,” reads the order from U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson.
Jackson ruled previously that FBI Director Chris Wray and President Trump could be deposed in relation to the lawsuits.
Attorneys for the Department of Justice argued that Wray should be deposed first because he was ranked lower than Trump and any information he could provide could exempt Trump from testifying.
In other words, Biden’s Department of Justice wants Trump to be compelled to testify in the lawsuits.
“The Court is somewhat surprised to learn that since then, the parties have done nothing more than wrangle over the order of the two depositions,” Berman Jackson wrote. “The government seems chagrined that the Court did not order that the deposition of the FBI Director be completed first, but it may recall that it was the Court’s view that it was Director Wray, the only current high-ranking public official in the group of proposed deponents, whose ongoing essential duties fell most squarely under the protection of the doctrine in question.”
This week, in her ruling, Judge Berman Jackson referred to her prior decision allowing Trump and Wray to be deposed for two hours with limited queries regarding the lawsuits.
In 2019, Page and Strzok lodged complaints against the FBI and DOJ. Page’s lawsuit alleges that her privacy was invaded, whereas Strzok’s lawsuit asserts that he was unjustly terminated by the FBI.
The #DOJ last week secured a court order to block former President Trump from a deposition appearance in connection with lawsuits filed by former #FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.
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Monday night, Durham disclosed the results of the multi-year investigation into Trump and alleged Russian collusion.
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