DOJ Says FBI Employee Altered Evidence in Run-Up to Trump/Russia Investigation

Joshua Roberts/Reuters

A man described as a “low-level” lawyer with the FBI is under criminal investigation for allegedly falsifying evidence used to justify an investigation into connections between Russia and President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign machinery, according to a report from CNN.

The actions, according to a version of the story by The Washington Post, did not materially affect the justification for the surveillance in the first place, however.

The charges are expected to be included in a report from the Department of Justice’s Inspector General, Michael Horowitz, which is due to be made public next month. Horowitz is said to be examining the FBI’s applications to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court for permission to monitor Trump campaign adviser Carter Page’s electronic communications.

The employee in question, who was forced out of the agency when officials learned of his actions, allegedly altered an email to back up a claim he made when trying to justify the investigation.

The report added further fuel to the charges from Trump and his supporters that the FBI acted improperly when it investigated the campaign. In a phone-in interview with “Fox & Friends” Friday, Trump said the release of Horowitz’s report is going to lead to the “biggest scandal in the history of our country.

“You are going to see things that are going to be incredible,” Trump said. “The word is, it’s historic. That’s what I hear.

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General Confusion
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So let me get this straight.

A “low-level lawyer” changed some details in one of his own “email” messages and this is the barn-burning fact that “is going to lead to the “biggest scandal in the history of our country”?

Considering the source of this hyperbolic rhetoric, color me skeptical.

War Eagle
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War Eagle

Mark Simmons: the Washington Post lies anyway!

General Confusion
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IJR is broken.

Anyone who makes a second reply to a comment hides the original reply AND all subsequent replies! Get it?

Whoever replied to me, below… want to try that again in the open this time?

Mark Simmons
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“The actions, according to a version of the story by The Washington Post, did not materially affect the justification for the surveillance”

No, it just destroyed the public’s’ trust in the FBI. But of course the Washington Post missed that little detail.

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