Peter Strzok can depose Donald Trump in suit: Appeals court

FILE – Former president Donald Trump speaks with reporters before departure from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Thursday, Aug. 24, 2023, in Atlanta; the former president is flanked by former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, inset on the left, and former FBI agent Peter Strzok, inset on the right. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File; AP Photo/Files)

A Washington, D.C.-based federal court of appeals on Friday dealt a blow to an argument that the Biden administration’s Department of Justice made in a bid to stave off a deposition of former President Donald Trump.

Former FBI agent Peter Strzok and his onetime lover, former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, are suing the DOJ and bureau in separate lawsuits.

Strzok claims he was wrongfully terminated; Page, who resigned, is suing the agencies for allegedly unlawfully violating her privacy by releasing hundreds of text messages between the two in late 2017. Both plaintiffs want the 45th president to sit for a deposition.

In a February ruling, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled that Strzok could depose Trump and FBI Director Christopher Wray.

In May, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland’s DOJ filed a motion arguing against a court-ordered, two-hour-long deposition for Trump – at least until Wray is deposed first because “the Director’s deposition might obviate the need to depose the former President.” Additionally, the DOJ took the argument one step further – in favor of a broad interpretations of executive power.

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