Former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith pleads guilty to false statement in Russia probe

by Bryan Brammer · Aug 19th, 2020 3:58 pm
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Last Updated Oct 14th, 2020 at 3:08 pm

Former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith on Wednesday pleaded guilty to altering a document used as part of U.S. Attorney John Durham's investigation into links between Russia and the 2016 Trump Campaign.

U.S. District Judge for the District of Columbia James Boasberg accepted the plea, making Clinesmith the first current or former official to be charged in the arduous three-year investigation.

Last week, Clinesmith was charged with one felony account of making a false statement after he admitted to altering an email from the CIA in 2017. While the email said Page worked as a source for the CIA, Clinesmith edited the text to read that Page was not a source.

An FBI supervisory special agent signed and submitted a third and final FISA application, relying on Clinesmith's false verification.

During the plea hearing, Boasberg asked Clinesmith to affirm that he "intentionally altered an email and added language" that former Trump adviser Carter Page was "not a source... and you knew that statement was in fact not true."

"At the time I thought the information I was providing was accurate, but I am agreeing the information I inserted was not originally there, and I inserted the information," Clinesmith replied.

Boasberg then asked, "You intentionally altered the email to insert information that was not originally in the email?"

"Yes, your honor," Clinesmith said.

Clinesmith's sentencing date has been set for December 10 at 11 a.m. ET.


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