The former FBI agent who altered an email about Carter Page’s connections to the CIA won’t be spending any time in prison. Kevin Clinesmith pleaded guilty last year to altering an email that was used to convince the FISA court that continued surveillance of Page was warranted:
Clinesmith admitted that in June 2017 he sent an altered email to an FBI agent that indicated a target of court-ordered FBI surveillance, former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, was “not a source” for the Central Intelligence Agency. The statement, passed along as the FBI was applying for a third extension of surveillance of Page, made Page’s actions seem more suspicious by downplaying his past cooperation with the CIA.
Today Clinesmith given a sentence of 12 months probation after a judge accepted the argument that he had merely been trying to save himself some time and was not motivated by politics.