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US Justice Department, FBI violated free speech, privacy rights: Lawsuit

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Former FBI agent Peter Strzok was fired after his texts revealed he had called Trump an “idiot.” (Photo via Business Insider)

A new lawsuit is accusing the US Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation of violating free speech and privacy rights.

Filed by former FBI agent Peter Strzok and his team on Monday, the court document also alleged that “there is no evidence of an attempt to punish” Trump supporters by the Justice Department, suggesting  the DOJ only targets anti-Trump figures, including the onetime member of former special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe, who had privately spoken against the Republican president.

“The government’s argument would leave thousands of career federal government employees without protections from discipline over the content of their political speech,” the filing said.

Strzok had called Trump an “idiot,” openly hoping for his failure to become president in texts he exchanged with former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, which were later released by the DOJ.

“Nearly every aspect of a modern workplace, and for that matter nearly every non-workplace aspect of employees’ lives, can be monitored,” the lawsuit added. “The fact that a workplace conversation can be discovered does not render it unprotected.”

The US president has been attacking Strzok, pointing to him as an example of bias against him in the federal government.

Strzok had also called Senator Bernie Sanders "an idiot like Trump" as he was running to win the Democratic nomination in the 2016 presidential election.

"God, Hillary [Clinton] should win 100,000,000 - 0," Strzok said in one message to Page.


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