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Ex-FBI Lawyer Clinesmith Given Probation after Admitting He Doctored Email in Trump Probe

National Review logo National Review 1/29/2021 Brittany Bernstein
a close up of a sign: J. Edgar Hoover F.B.I. Building in Washington, D.C. © Mary F. Calvert/Reuters J. Edgar Hoover F.B.I. Building in Washington, D.C.

Kevin Clinesmith, the former FBI lawyer who pleaded guilty to altering an email that he used to apply for a FISA warrant against former Trump-campaign adviser Carter Page, was sentenced to 12 months probation and 400 hours of community service on Friday.

In August, Clinesmith pleaded guilty to “one count of making a false statement within both the jurisdiction of the executive branch and judicial branch of the U.S. government, an offense that carries a maximum term of imprisonment of five years and a fine of up to $250,000.”

Clinesmith’s is the first criminal case to arise from now-Special Counsel John Durham’s probe into the Trump-Russia investigation.

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