Former FBI lawyer to plead guilty for falsifying document to renew Carter Page FISA warrant in Russia probe investigation

by Bryan Brammer · Aug 14th, 2020 2:46 pm
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Last Updated Aug 15th, 2020 at 2:11 pm

Former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith will plead guilty for falsifying a document to renew a FISA warrant of former Trump adviser Carter Page as part of U.S. Attorney John Durham's investigations into links between Russia and the 2016 Trump campaign, two sources familiar with the situation told Fox News.

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

Relying on Clinesmith's altered email as verification, a FBI supervisory special agent signed and submitted the renewed FISA application to the FISA Court.

The Justice Department's charging document said Clinesmith "willfully and knowingly" made and used a "false writing and document" that contained a "materially false, fictitious, and fraudulent statement."

"Specifically, on or about June 19, 2017, the defendant altered the [other government agency] Liaison's June 15, 2017, email by adding that Individual #1 ‘was not a source' and then forwarded the email to the SSA, when in truth, and in fact, and as the defendant well knew, the original June 15, 2017, email from the OGA Liaison did not contain the words ‘not a source,'" the court document reads.

Clinesmith's lawyer said he "deeply regrets having altered the email."

"It was never his intent to mislead the court or his colleagues, as he believed the information he relayed was accurate," the lawyer said.


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