The D.C. Appeals Court reportedly decided on Friday that former President Trump might be questioned in court proceedings brought by former FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page against the agency.
In July, a lower court’s decision that reached the identical verdict was challenged by the Department of Justice.
Following their involvement in a political scandal while working on the bureau’s investigation into Trump’s ties to Russia in 2018, Strzok and Page are suing the agency for wrongful termination and invasion of privacy, respectively.
Text conversations between the two were made public, in which they expressed their disdain for Trump personally.
This raised suspicions about the integrity of the entire investigation, which led to Page’s resignation and Strzok’s firing.
Trump’s testimony was not required because former Trump chief of staff John Kelly and FBI Director Christopher Wray had testified in support of the lawsuits, according to the DOJ.
The appeals court determined that District Judge Amy Berman Jackson fairly and impartially reached her decision after fully taking into account the DOJ’s reservations over the removal of a former president.
Strzok and Page have been the subject of numerous posts by Trump on social media.
The case has now been sent back to Jackson, who had previously stated that she would permit Trump to be deposed for a brief length of time on a narrow range of topics related to the lawsuits.
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