A federal judge ruled that disgraced FBI agent Peter Strzok will be able to depose President Trump in a lawsuit that he brought against him.
Strzok is suing Trump due to his termination from the FBI, which occurred after text messages were revealed where he disparaged Trump and called him an ‘idiot’.
Strzok and his attorneys claimed that his firing “was the result of unrelenting pressure from President Trump and his political allies in Congress and the media
Department of Justice attorneys have disputed the need for Trump to be deposed, saying that FBI Director Christopher Wray could provide testimony and is a lower rank than Trump, making it unnecessary.
Strzok contests that Trump played a direct role in his firing, though there is little publicly available evidence indicating that is true.
The judge ultimately sided with Strzok, saying that “Given the limited nature of the deposition that has been ordered, and the fact that the former President’s schedule appears to be able to accommodate other civil litigation that he has initiated, the outcome of the balancing required by the apex doctrine remains the same for all of the reasons previously stated,”
The decision came just two months after a similar deposition against Trump was blocked, where federal judge Berman Jackson ruled that Wray should be deposed first.
Judge rules Strok can depose Trump face to face over his wrongful termination suit
He can explore Trump’s political vendetta against him – and that the Justice Department wrongfully released text messages he exchanged with former FBI lawyer Lisa Page. https://t.co/DLoxycY1Dq
— Dennis S Brotman 🇺🇸 🟧🟦 #DemCast #DemCastGA ☮️ (@DenbrotS) July 7, 2023
Former President Donald Trump can be deposed in a lawsuit brought by former FBI agent Peter Strzok, a federal judge has ruled.
The ruling came from U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson late Thursday. Just a day earlier the Justice Department requested that she block Trump from sitting for a deposition in the lawsuit, ABC News reported.
Strzok was fired and FBI attorney Lisa Page resigned after text messages emerged that showed the two making critical comments about Trump. Both were working on the investigation into Trump’s alleged ties to Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign.
The Justice Department had maintained that requiring a deposition from Trump in the case “is not appropriate,” especially since there is no evidence suggesting that the FBI fired Strzok at Trump’s direction, ABC News said.