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Once Page went public in 2017, after several false spy warrants had already been approved, Clinesmith took communications about Page's Central Intelligence Agency efforts and doctored them to make it appear as if the Central Intelligence Agency had told the Federal Bureau of Investigation that Page was never a Central Intelligence Agency source.

Barr appointed Durham just weeks after special counsel Robert Mueller concluded his almost two-year investigation.

Clinesmith was referred for potential prosecution by the Justice Department's inspector general's office, which conducted its own review of the Russian Federation investigation.

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Clinesmith, who is expected to plead guilty, could serve up to five years in prison for his crimes.

Kevin Clinesmith, 38, who worked on both the Hillary Clinton email investigation and the Russian Federation probe, will admit that he falsified a document.

There will be "significant developments" coming from John Durham's investigation of the investigators of the Trump campaign, and they will come before election day, according to Attorney General William Barr.

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Clinesmith was charged by U.S. Attorney John Durham, who is delving deep into how the probe into Trump's campaign unfolded before the Republican was elected president.

Durham's investigation comes after a report by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz found "significant inaccuracies and omissions" in the FBI's application to a court to obtain permission to monitor Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. Page had been an "operational contact" for the CIA through at least 2013, but Clinesmith changed the email to say that Page was "never a source" for the agency.

President Donald Trump and his allies on Capitol Hill have long claimed that the Russia investigation - which examined whether his campaign conspired with the Russian government to interfere in the 2016 United States election - was a politically motivated "witch hunt". The DOJ relied on that assertion as it submitted a third and final renewal application in 2017 to eavesdrop on Page under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

Mr. Clinesmith was first outed, although not directly named, in a report previous year by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz.

The New York Times confirmed that Clinesmith was "FBI Attorney 2" in the Horowitz report.

While in contact with what appeared to be the FBI's liaison to the CIA, Mr.

"He will be pleading guilty", Clinesmith attorney Justin Shur said in a statement to reporters on Friday.

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But Department of Justice spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said in July that the report was not the "goal" of the criminal investigation but that it would be 'pivotal to the restoration of that one tiered system of justice'.

"Kevin deeply regrets having altered the email", his lawyer said in a statement to The Washington Post. "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", Shur added.

Page, an energy executive with extensive contacts in Russian Federation, joined the Trump campaign in 2016 as a foreign policy adviser.

In January 2013, according to Page's testimony before the House Intelligence Committee in 2017, he met Russian businessman Victor Podobnyy, a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, at an event in NY.

FBI investigators obtained another FISA warrant to monitor Page's communications in October 2016, shortly before the presidential election.

Even after the election, the investigation is likely to continue 'what happens after the election may depend on who wins, ' Barr said to Fox News last month.

The CIA had given Mr. Page, a "positive assessment", which was left out of the FISA warrant application.

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