On Thursday, a federal judge ruled that Donald Trump was the former president Trump You can depose as part of two lawsuits that were filed by ex-FBI staff.
U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson stated that former FBI agents Peter Strzok, and Lisa Page, are both lawyers who could be contacted. Trump Questions about a limited number of topics in a given time. After years of criticism from the public, Strzok was fired and Page was reinstated. text messages between the two They were disparaged in the release Trump and said they were worried he’d win the presidency.
Page was forced to resign shortly after Strzok was dismissed from the FBI in a political storm. Both men claim they were the targets of political retribution. Strzok is now suing for his reinstatement and backpay. Page sued, claiming that the disclosures violated federal privacy law.
“The Court authorized the plaintiffs to conduct depositions of each witness that do not exceed two hours and are limited to the narrow set of topics specified,” Jackson was ruled to be the final judge after an open hearing held at the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia.
This order applies also to Christopher Wray, the current FBI Director. It’s unclear if the depositions will move forward as Berman’s order allows the White House a month to determine if the Justice Department will invoke executive privilege over Trump’s testimony.
Politico reported Judge also allowed for Trump To argue that he can invoke privilege by himself, as a former president.
Strzok’s and Page attorneys argued that they interviewed several lower-ranking sources and officials related to the suit and required additional information. Trump The Washington Post, Wray and Wray notes. The newspaper also reported A recent interview Trump gave to conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, in which he bragged about firing the pair and other officials, may have influenced the judge’s decision.
“If I didn’t fire Comey, and if I didn’t fire McCabe and Strzok and Page and all of that scum that was in there, you would have had, they were trying to do an overthrow,” According to the ex-president, “The Hugh Hewitt Show” This month, earlier.
The FBI and Justice Department have maintained that Strzok’s firing was not political.