Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page is suing her former employer and the US Justice Department, claiming the government violated the US Privacy Act by leaking her messages to the press.
The lawsuit follows just a day after the release of a Justice Department inspector general report, which found that investigation into Donald Trump's 2016 campaign was not started out of political animus towards the then-candidate — as he has claimed, using Ms Page's text messages to former FBI agent Peter Strzok trashing him as evidence of the conspiracy.
"I sued the Department of Justice and FBI today," Ms Page wrote on Twitter.
She continued: "I take little joy in having done so. But what they did in leaking my messages to the press was not only wrong, it was illegal."