Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report over alleged FBI misconduct revealed that the FBI “altered” evidence to present Carter Page as a Russian agent, allowing the FBI to gain the authority to spy on Page.
As Sean Davis and Mollie Hemingway at The Federalist reported, the “476-page report from Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz found that the FBI falsely claimed to the FISA Court not only that Carter Page was a Russian agent, but also falsely claimed that an unnamed intelligence agency had told the FBI that Page was “not a source” in their efforts to surveil and curtail Russian intelligence efforts.”
Despite the fact that Page was previously used as an informant and witness for the United States in a federal espionage case against a Russian intelligence official, Page was targeted by the Obama FBI as a Russian spy helping Russia interfere in the 2016 election against Hillary Clinton. When applying for a spy warrant, the Obama FBI and DOJ intentionally withheld that Page assisted in the espionage case against a Russian official.
“The FBI’s malfeasance in the matter did not stop there.” The Federalist article continued. “Ahead of an application to renew the spy warrant in 2017, a top FBI lawyer doctored evidence from the unnamed agency which confirmed that contrary to FBI claims that he was a Russian spy, Page had in fact assisted the United States in its efforts to counter Russian operations. An e-mail from the agency that clearly stated Page was “a source” for them was doctored by Kevin Clinesmith, a top FBI national security lawyer, to give the opposite impression to the federal spy court.”
According to the IG report, “the OGC Attorney altered the liaison’s email by inserting the words “not a source” into it, thus making it appear that the liaison had said that Page was “not a source”; the OGC Attorney then sent the altered email to SSA 2.
Relying upon this altered email, SSA 2 signed the third renewal application (that again failed to disclose Page’s past relationship with the other agency).”
In his report, which spans more than 476 pages and details numerous examples of corruption and misconduct, Horowitz referred Clinesmith, the FBI national security lawyer that altered the email, to DOJ authorities for criminal prosecution.