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Ex-FBI Lawyer, Accused Of Falsifying Document Is Said To Plead Guilty

By :Katrenia Busch

CNN reports that an FBI lawyer who worked on the surveillance warrant of former Trump foreign policy adviser Carter Page plans to plead guilty Friday to making a false statement in an email as part of an investigation into the Russia investigation.

The Washington Post reports that Kevin Clinesmith, who worked in the FBI general counsel’s office, is expected to admit he doctored an email so it said that former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page was not a source for the CIA, even though Page previously had a relationship with the agency.

Fox News reports that Graham on ex-FBI lawyer's guilty plea in Durham probe: I suspect he 'knows where the bodies are buried'

"Something tells me that Mr. Clinesmith knows where the bodies are buried, and if I were in the FBI working on Crossfire Hurricane [the Russia investigation], I would be very worried right now," Graham said.

Fox News also reports that "An FBI lawyer in charge of reviewing warrants is going to plead guilty to falsifying documents to the FISA court against a Trump advisor, and if you are lucky, you'll find this in the mainstream media for 30 seconds."

The New York Times was the first to report news regarding Clinesmith’s plea

October 2016 was when the first FISA application targeting page was approved and signed by then-deputy Attorney General Sally Yates.

January 2017 was when the first renewal appeared under Yates’ signature. As the second one appeared April 2017 by Acting Attorney General Dan Boente and the third and final renewal application was filed under the signature of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein June 2017 according to reports.

On Friday, Senate Judiciary committee chairman Lindsay Graham, R-S.C., told “Hannity” that Former FBI attorney Kevin Clinesmith expected a guilty plea in Connecticut U.S. attorney John Durham’s investigation into the origins of the Russia probe should concern any other potential suspect or person of interest.

"He will be pleading guilty," Clinesmith's attorney Justin Shur told ABC News in a statement Friday. "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."

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