Durham Seeks Jail Time For Ex-FBI Lawyer Who Altered CIA Email About Carter Page

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U.S. Attorney John Durham is seeking a six-month prison sentence for Kevin Clinesmith, the former FBI lawyer who pleaded guilty to altering an email from the CIA regarding Carter Page’s past relationship with the spy agency.

In a court filling on Thursday, Durham asked a federal judge to sentence Clinesmith to a jail term “between the middle and upper end” of what federal sentencing guidelines recommend for the crime.

On August 19, Clinesmith pleaded guilty to the charge, admitting that he added the phrase “not a ‘source'” to a June 2017 email from a CIA employee who had provided information about Carter Page’s relationship with the agency.

Carter Page worked for the agency as an “operational contact” from 2008 to 2013.

Clinesmith assisted FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane team in its investigation into the Trump campaign’s possible ties to the Russian government. As part of his legal work, he contacted the CIA regarding Page’s association with the spy agency.

He forwarded his altered email to an FBI analyst who was putting together an application to renew a FISA warrant against Page.

Clinesmith’s email edit was discovered by the DOJ office of the inspector general, which investigated the FBI’s FISA warrants against Page, as well as the validity of the Russia probe.

A report from the IG said that the FBI made 17 “significant” errors and omissions in FISA warrants against Page.

From Daily Caller:

The IG report said that the CIA had initially told the Crossfire Hurricane team in August 2016 about Page’s work as an “operational contact.” The agents who received that information failed to include it in the initial FISA application against Page, which was approved on Oct. 21, 2016.

Clinesmith told the IG that the FBI finding out that Page was a source for the CIA would have “drastically” changed how the bureau handled the FISA applications.

Durham asserted in his court filing that Clinesmith was aware of the significance of Page’s relationship with the CIA.

Clinesmith told the IG that the FBI and Justice Department’s office of intelligence had a “big, big concern” that investigators may have targeted a CIA source.

“That should never happen without us knowing about it.”