FBI lawyer to plead guilty to falsifying a key document in 2016 US elections

Former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith is expected to plead guilty to making a false statement after altering an email from the CIA.

Clinesmith, 38, is accused of altering an email about former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page to say that he was “not a source” for another government agency in the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Page has said that he was a source for the CIA but Clinesmith altered the document to say that Page was not.

The Department Of Justice relied on that assertion as it submitted a third and final renewal application in 2017 to eavesdrop on Page under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

“Kevin deeply regrets having altered the email,” Justin Shur, his attorney said.

“It was never his intent to mislead the court or his colleagues, as he believed the information he relayed was accurate, but Kevin understands what he did was wrong and accepts responsibility.”

Clinesmith falsely said that Page was “never a source” when he sent information to the supervisor—and altered the original email to bolster the lie and he will now be charged in D.C. federal court with one count of making a false statement.

President Trump, noting the case at the top of a Friday press conference, called the individual “corrupt” and predicted the charge is “just the beginning.”

“The fact is they spied on my campaign and they got caught. And you’ll be hearing more,” he said.

 


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