Attorneys for former FBI employees Lisa Page and Peter Strzok joined Justice Department lawyers Friday in asking a federal judge for more time to prepare for courtroom proceedings in the anti-Trump lovebirds’ wrongful termination lawsuit.
Mr. Strzok has alleged his firing was politically motivated, while Ms. Page, who resigned in 2018, claims the Justice Department violated her privacy by releasing the pair’s private text messages.
The lawsuits were consolidated last year and have meandered through the court system ever since.
Lawyers for both sides Friday said they still need more time for discovery and asked a federal judge to extend the deadline to submit expert disclosures until August 15.
They also asked to have until October 22 to submit a joint status report on whether the cases should remain consolidated for trial, according to a court filing.
He later joined Ms. Page on special counsel Robert Mueller’s team. Mr. Strzok was removed in 2017 after the discovery of anti-Trump text messages swapped on work cellphones with his mistress, Ms. Page.
Mr. Mueller’s investigation ultimately found no evidence that Mr. Trump’s 2016 campaign “colluded” with Russia to win the election.
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