Disgraced Former FBI Officials Settle With Justice Department

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Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, former FBI officials, have now reportedly reached a settlement with the Justice Department regarding allegations of privacy rights violations.

This settlement was reached following the publication of their disparaging and salacious text messages, which were used by former President Trump to challenge the Russia investigation during his presidency.

The settlement is still pending finalization and sanction from a judge.

On Tuesday, a provisional agreement was submitted to resolve Page’s five-year-old lawsuit against the FBI for disclosing text messages with Strzok, with whom she had an affair, that were critical of the former president. Strzok’s lawsuit, which is currently unresolved, is pursuing reinstatement and back pay.

Page requested $1,000 in recompense as a result of the media’s disclosure of her text messages. Additional information regarding the settlement was not immediately accessible.

In 2019, Strzok contended in a court filing in the federal district court of Washington, D.C., that his politically charged anti-Trump messages were protected by the First Amendment, despite the fact that he sent them on bureau-issued phones while playing leading roles in the investigations of both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

Page also filed a lawsuit against the FBI and Department of Justice, asserting that the government’s dissemination of her salacious text messages with Strzok violated the Federal Privacy Act.

The two were initially engaged in the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation into alleged Russian meddling (which was later disproven) and potential collusion with Trump campaign associates during the 2016 election.

They subsequently served on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team.

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