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Politics Former FBI lawyer under investigation after allegedly altering document in 2016 Russia probe

04:30  22 november  2019
04:30  22 november  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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An FBI official is accused of altering a document related to the 2016 surveillance of former Trump campaign advisor Carter Page and is now under "The possibility of a substantive change to an investigative document is likely to fuel accusations from President Donald Trump and his allies that

An FBI official is under criminal investigation after allegedly altering a document related to 2016 surveillance of a Trump campaign adviser, several people briefed on the matter told CNN. The possibility of a substantive change to an investigative document is likely to fuel accusations from

A former FBI lawyer is under criminal investigation after allegedly altering a document related to 2016 surveillance of a Trump campaign adviser, several people briefed on the matter told CNN.

a man wearing a suit and tie: WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 02:  Carter Page, former foreign policy adviser for the Trump campaign, speaks to the media after testifying before the House Intelligence Committee on November 2, 2017 in Washington, DC. The committee conducting an investigation into Russia's tampering in the 2016 election.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)© Mark Wilson/Getty Images North America/Getty Images WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 02: Carter Page, former foreign policy adviser for the Trump campaign, speaks to the media after testifying before the House Intelligence Committee on November 2, 2017 in Washington, DC. The committee conducting an investigation into Russia's tampering in the 2016 election. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

The possibility of a substantive change to an investigative document is likely to fuel accusations from President Donald Trump and his allies that the FBI committed wrongdoing in its investigation of connections between Russian election meddling and the Trump campaign.

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The Justice Department is investigating an FBI official for allegedly altering a document as part of the Trump- Russia probe . CNN reported that the altered document was recovered as part of the Justice Department inspector general’s investigation into the FBI ’s surveillance activities against

Former FBI lawyer James Baker is under criminal investigation by the DOJ for allegedly leaking A former top FBI lawyer acknowledged he was personally involved in the warrant application to “I was aware of the [ Russia ] investigation ,” James Baker told House investigators in October. Fox News has confirmed details of the transcript which is still under government review before its public release.

The finding is expected to be part of Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz's review of the FBI's effort to obtain warrants under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act on Carter Page, a former Trump campaign aide. Horowitz will release the report next month.

Horowitz turned over evidence on the allegedly altered document to John Durham, the federal prosecutor appointed early this year by Attorney General William Barr to conduct a broad investigation of intelligence gathered for the Russia probe by the CIA and other agencies, including the FBI. The altered document is also at least one focus of Durham's criminal probe.

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Former Attorney General Ed Meese, who served under President Ronald Reagan, compared spying on the Trump campaign to the Watergate scandal in an exclusive interview with the BREAKING: FBI Official Is Under Investigation For Allegedly Altering Russia Probe Documents : Report.

The Special Counsel investigation was an investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections and suspicious links between Trump associates and Russian officials

It's unknown how significant a role the altered document played in the FBI's investigation of Page and whether the FISA warrant would have been approved without the document. The alterations were significant enough to have shifted the document's meaning and came up during a part of Horowitz's FISA review where details were classified, according to the sources.

Some witnesses who have been interviewed in Horowitz's investigation have said they expect the inspector general to find mistakes in the FBI's handling of the FISA process, but that those mistakes do not undermine the premise for the FBI's investigation.

American intelligence agencies and the Justice Department have not swayed from their finding that Russia interfered in the 2016 election by hacking the Democrats and spreading pro-Trump propaganda online. And even former top Trump campaign officials have corroborated special counsel Robert Mueller's finding that the Trump campaign planned some of its strategy around the Russian hacks, and had multiple contacts with Kremlin-linked individuals in 2016.

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An FBI official is under criminal investigation for fabricating evidence related to the agency's surveillance of Trump campaign aide Carter As CNN notes, however, "it's unknown how significant a role the altered document played in the FBI 's investigation of Page and whether the FISA warrant

Horowitz has been exploring various aspects of the Russia probe , but was focused in particular on applications the FBI filed with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to monitor former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. Attorney General Barr personally asked foreign officials to aid probe

Horowitz's investigators conducted more than 100 witness interviews in their review. During one of interviews this year, they confronted the witness about the document. The witness admitted to the change, the sources said.

The lawyer, who was a line attorney, is no longer working at the bureau, said a person familiar with the matter. A line attorney is a lower level lawyer within the FBI.

No charges that could reflect the situation have been filed publicly in court.

The Justice Department and inspector general's office declined to comment.

Horowitz report

Horowitz is expected to release his report on December 9 and testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee two days later.

The internal, independent investigator so far, over several reports, has criticized top members of the FBI for their actions leading up to and during the Russia investigation. Those IG reports have looked at situations including former FBI Director James Comey's handling of his personal memos about meetings with the President and former official Peter Strzok's anti-Trump text messages.

Trump predicts report on the origins of the Russia probe will be 'historic': Fox

  Trump predicts report on the origins of the Russia probe will be 'historic': Fox President Trump weighed in on an upcoming government watchdog report.Trump, in an interview with Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends," was commenting on an upcoming Justice Department watchdog report on the FBI's adherence to Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) requirements during the 2016 campaign.

WASHINGTON (SBG)- Federal prosecutors have informed the former top lawyer at the Federal Bureau of Investigation that he is under scrutiny The lawyer , Daniel Levin, cited the criminal probe as a reason for preventing his client from answering the lawmakers' questions about contacts Baker

A criminal investigation has been opened into an FBI official suspected of ' altering ' a document in the warrant application to surveil Trump campaign advisor Carter Page during the 2016 election It's unclear which FBI official is under criminal investigation for allegedly tampering with documents in

A finding of alleged wrongdoing from Horowitz could further fuel Republican criticism and conspiracies about previous investigators' targeting of Trump associates. It could also provide them a political boost at a moment where Democrats' impeachment investigation into Trump's political quid pro quo with Ukraine has battered the President.

The report is said to cover the FBI's approach to foreign surveillance during the Russia investigation, including of warrants used to wiretap Page, who had advised the Trump campaign in 2016. Witnesses are currently reviewing Horowitz's findings.

Horowitz has shared information from his review with Durham, CNN previously reported.

The Justice Department has been tight-lipped on outlining exactly what Durham has been looking at. But the attorney general himself said soon after appointing him that he was concerned officials acted inappropriately as they oversaw the counterintelligence probe of the 2016 Trump campaign.

Barr's embrace of these theories aligns with Trump's chief grievance that he was the victim of a "deep state" spy operation that has clouded his presidency.

The New York Times, CNN and other outlets have reported that Durham's investigation had become a criminal investigation.

Update: This story has been updated to reflect the official is a lawyer who is no longer with the FBI.

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