FILE PHOTO: FBI lawyer Lisa Page leaves after a day of giving a transcribed interview with the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees in the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, U.S., July 13, 2018. REUTERS/Leah Millis
(Reuters) – Former FBI attorney Lisa Page, who came under fire from President Donald Trump and other Republicans for sending text messages that disparaged Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign, on Tuesday sued her former employer over what she called “unlawful disclosure of information about her to the media.”
Page, in a lawsuit filed against the FBI and Department of Justice in federal court in Washington, D.C., alleges violations of a 1974 law known as the Privacy Act.
Page alleged that her rights were violated in December 2017 when government officials invited journalists to view her politically charged text messages to and from FBI agent Peter Strzok. Strzok and Page, who were having an affair, were both working on the FBI’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Page resigned from the FBI in May 2018.
Strzok in August filed his own lawsuit against the FBI, alleging that his termination was a “retaliatory response” to speech protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution.
Reporting by Jan Wolfe; Editing by Chris Reese and Leslie Adler