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FBI lawyer who lied to surveil Trump aide asks judge to spare him from prison

Added 12-04-20 03:18:02pm EST - “Former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith's legal team is pleading with a judge not to send him to prison for lying to secure surveillance orders against President Trump's 2016 campaign advise?” - Nypost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nypost.com: “FBI lawyer who lied to surveil Trump aide asks judge to spare him from prison”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith’s legal team is pleading with a judge not to send him to prison for lying to secure surveillance orders against President Trump’s 2016 campaign adviser Carter Page.

Clinesmith agreed in August to plead guilty to making false statements when he doctored an email submitted as evidence to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

The discovery was made by US Attorney for Connecticut John Durham’s team reviewing the FBI’s Russia investigation. Durham will serve as a special counsel continuing his work under President-elect Joe Biden.

The disgraced attorney faces up to five years in prison, though sentencing guidelines reportedly call for a maximum of six months behind bars.

Clinesmith’s legal team argued in court papers that he “cut a corner” because he was overworked and “exhausted,” Politico reports.

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