While most of the media attention on the U.S. Supreme Court concerns President Joe Biden’s various COVID-19 vaccine mandates, the high court made a shocking decision on Monday that didn’t receive as much attention as it probably should have.
According to The Hill, the high court rejected a defamation lawsuit brought against the Democratic National Committee (DNC) by Carter Page, a former official during Donald Trump’s presidency.
The case almost made it to the hands of SCOTUS justices due to an appeal Page had filed after his defamation lawsuit was rejected in various lower courts. Page had originally filed the lawsuit in January 2020.
Page’s lawsuit sought relief with regard to the DNC and law firm Perkins Coie, which were the two entities connected to the infamous anti-Trump dossier assembled, in part, by former British spy Christopher Steele.
In the defamation suit, Page declared that the now-debunked dossier, which was used to obtain FISA warrants to investigate Page and other former Trump associates, “mobilized the news media against Dr. Page, damaging his reputation, and effectively destroying his once-private life.”
Page, who was the target of the FBI at the time when certain officials and political opponents attempted — and failed — to link Trump to Russia, was never charged with any crimes, but certainly had his reputation decimated as a result of the entire debacle.
This isn’t the first attempt by Page to salvage his career and reputation, as he filed suit against the company that owns a number of major media services called Oath. The company is now known as Verizon Media.
According to the Associated Press, Page sued Oath in 2021 and later attempted to appeal the case after it was originally shot down, alleging that the stories ran by several of the new agencies owned by the company, including Yahoo News and HuffPost, destroyed his public image.
All in all, throughout his various legal battles, it looks as though Page has ended up with a raw deal, undoubtedly driven by politics.