A former Trump campaign aide has joined a lawsuit filed in federal court in Virginia that claims the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are being paid by Trump’s former campaign chairman and his daughter to help the Russia investigation.
The suit, filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, claims that former Trump adviser Carter Page, now a foreign policy adviser to the president, was employed by the Justice and FBI departments as a “special consultant” to the Mueller probe.
The Justice Department, FBI and special counsel Robert Mueller declined to comment on the suit.
Page, who is based in the Washington, D.C., area, previously worked at the Trump campaign as a senior advisor.
Page’s lawyers have also said he had no role in the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Page has been accused of lying to Congress about his role in Trump’s presidential campaign and of improperly communicating with Russian intelligence officers.
The case, which is being filed by the Washington office of the conservative legal group Judicial Watch, says Page worked for the Trump team as a special adviser in late August and early September.
The lawsuit says Page and his wife, Hope Hicks, both now in their 30s, were paid $1,400 a month by Page and worked for him for about five months beginning in August.
The couple’s income from Page’s consulting business came from their own pocket, according to the lawsuit, which was filed Monday by Judicial Watch’s associate legal director, David Bossie.
Page is seeking unspecified damages, as well as a court order barring his attorneys from further communicating with the public.
He also wants a temporary restraining order barring the attorneys from working with the Justice or FBI on the Russia probe.
Page did not respond to a request for comment.
Page was hired in March to work for Trump, according, to the Trump administration, as part of the president’s “rescue operation.”
The rescue operation was designed to save Trump from indictment by the House of Representatives’ Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, which had been investigating Russia’s interference in 2016’s election and possible collusion between the Trump presidential campaign team and the Russian government.
Page had previously served as a Trump foreign policy advisor.
The probe into possible collusion with Russia has intensified since the summer.
On August 5, Trump said that he would appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the Russian interference investigation.
Mueller, the FBI and Justice Department have all declined to prosecute anyone involved in the Russia campaign, which the U-S.
intelligence community believes was directed by President Vladimir Putin.
The FBI has said that it has not found evidence that any of the Trump associates involved in its investigation are connected to Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election.
In a separate lawsuit filed last week, a group of former Trump administration officials said they are suing the Justice department and the FBI to stop the special counsel from investigating them.
The complaint accuses the government of violating their constitutional rights by not prosecuting former Trump White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner.
The two men have denied any wrongdoing.
Bannon and Kushner have been cooperating with Mueller’s investigation, according of the lawsuit.
The Washington Post has previously reported that the Justice officials have said they believe they are the target of a witch hunt by Trump loyalists.
The White House did not immediately respond to request for additional comment.