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Former FBI Lawyer Expected to Plead Guilty to Altering Email on Trump Aide Surveillance – The Wall Street Journal


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Former FBI Lawyer Expected to Plead Guilty to Altering Email on Trump Aide Surveillance – The Wall Street Journal

WASHINGTON—A former FBI lawyer is expected to plead guilty on a charge of altering a document used to seek the continued surveillance of a former Trump campaign adviser, the first criminal charge stemming from a long-running review of the actions of investigators who worked on the politically charged probe. Kevin Clinesmith, an attorney who worked…

WASHINGTON—A former FBI lawyer is expected to plead guilty on a charge of altering a document used to seek the continued surveillance of a former Trump campaign adviser, the first criminal charge stemming from a long-running review of the actions of investigators who worked on the politically charged probe.

Kevin Clinesmith, an attorney who worked with Federal Bureau of Investigation agents on some of the surveillance warrants against the onetime foreign-policy adviser, Carter Page, will plead guilty to a false statement charge involving an email, according to documents filed in federal court on Friday.

Mr. Page was the subject of a warrant under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act in 2016 and 2017 over suspicions about his contacts with Russia. Mr. Page was never charged with a crime and investigators didn’t find evidence of any coordination between him and any Russian agents during the election campaign.

“Kevin 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. But Kevin understands what he did was wrong and accepts responsibility,” Mr. Clinesmith’s lawyer said in a statement.

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The charge was brought by John Durham, a Connecticut prosecutor who was tapped last year by Attorney General William Barr to review the way the FBI and the Justice Department conducted the 2016 probe into several associates of President Trump.

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