The FBI attorney whose altering of an email led to an egregious error in the surveillance warrant application on Trump 2016 presidential campaign associate Carter Page is no longer with the bureau, according to FBI Director Christopher Wray.
Wray made the revelation in an interview with Fox News aired on June 24.
While he isnt identified by name in the report by the Department of Justice Inspector General (IG), Kevin Clinesmith was the FBI attorney who altered an email about Pages association with the CIA by injecting “not a source” into the text, making it appear as though Page wasnt affiliated with the spy agency.
Clinesmiths alteration resulted in one of the “17 significant errors and omissions” identified by the IG in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) applications on Page.
“And that individual no longer works with the FBI, and I dont want to get out in front of the Durham investigation,” Wray said, referring to the criminal inquiry being conducted by U.S. Attorney John Durham, who is looking into potential criminality tied to Crossfire Hurricane, the codename for the FBIs probe of the Trump campaign.
After learning of Clinesmiths email forgery, a judge on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court ordered the FBI to identify all of the surveillance applications Clinesmith was involved in. The court also barred Clinesmith from participating in the preparation of future FISA applications.
While Clinesmith wasnt named in the IG report on the Page FISA applications, Sen. Lindsey Graham identified him in December last year as the lawyer behind the altered email. Earlier this month, the Senate Judiciary Committee authorized Graham, the panels chairman, to issue a subpoena for Clinesmiths testimony.
In addition to working as the attorney on the Crossfire Hurricane investigation, Clinesmith worked on the probe into Hillary Clintons unauthorized use of a private email server to conduct government business during her tenure as secretary of state.
Clinesmiths work on the Clinton probe earned him an entire section in a separate IG report on the Clinton investigation, which found that he sent numerous politically charged messages ridiculing then-candidate Trump. After Trump was elected in November 2016, Clinesmith wrote to another attorney, “Im just devastated.”
“I am so stressed about what I could have done differently,” Clinesmith wrote. “I just cant imagine the systematic disassembly of the progress we made over the last 8 years. ACA [the Affordable Care Act] is gone. Who knows if the rhetoric about deporting people, walls, and crap is true. I honestly feel like there is going to be a lot more gun issues, too, the crazies won finally. This is the tea party on steroids. And the GOP is going to be lost, they have to deal with an incumbent in 4 years. We have to fight this again. Also Pence is stupid.”
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