Former FBI attorney Kevin Clinesmith was sentenced Friday to 12 months probation and 400 hours of community service for falsely altering a document that led to the FISA warrant of former 2016 Trump campaign associate Carter Page.
Clinesmith pleaded guilty last summer to altering an email to falsely claim that Page had not previously been a CIA asset, despite CIA confirmation that he had been. Clinesmith is the only FBI employee charged so far in the investigation by Special Counsel John Durham into the Justice Department's now-discredited Russia collusion investigation.
Federal prosecutors were seeking jail time for Clinesmith, arguing that a harsh sentence would deter others from behaving in a similar manner during a government agency investigation.
"Anybody who's watched what Mr. Clinesmith has suffered is not someone who would readily act in that fashion," responded Judge James Boasberg of the D.C. District Court, in Washington.
Boasberg, who also presides over the FISA Court, said the warrant may still have been authorized, despite a number of other errors made in the application to surveil Page.