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.
Trump, to Fox & Friends, on Barr DOJ's probe of Russia investigation: "What you're going to see, I predict, will be perhaps the biggest scandal in the history of our country…I could get very much involved, but I don't…I don't have any obligation legally to [not get involved]" pic.twitter.com/t8OiTQzEa7— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 22, 2019
“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.