Former FBI official under scrutiny in DOJ watchdog's FISA probe

In his report Horowitz will say that the adjustment did not affect the validity of the application and the document had a "proper legal and factual basis", in the Post's words.

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.

CNN reports that alterations to the document "were significant enough to have shifted the document's meaning and came up during a part of Horwitz's FISA review where details were classified, according to the sources". "They tried to overthrow the presidency". He reportedly told the Justice Department that he had documents to bolster a claim he made in the application to surveil former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

A person familiar with the case who was not authorized to discuss the matter by name and spoke to the AP only on the condition of anonymity confirmed the allegation.

The FBI obtained a secret surveillance warrant in 2016 to monitor the communications of Page, who was never charged or accused of wrongdoing.

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Giuliani's unofficial diplomatic channel, especially because there was still no guarantee the aid would be released . Sondland had testified on October 19 that he did not believe there was a quid pro quo for the aid to Ukraine.

The allegation against the lawyer is contained in a draft of Inspector General Michael Horowitz's report analyzing how the Federal Bureau of Investigation obtained FISA warrants on Page.

In recent weeks, President Donald Trump and his supporters have led a steady drumbeat of anticipation over the report, suggesting it will provide evidence of improper conduct by the FBI that undermines the credibility of the Russian Federation investigation.

"They got my warrant - a fraudulent warrant, I believe - to spy on myself as a way of getting into the Trump campaign", Page said in an interview with Maria Bartiromo on Fox's "Mornings with Maria". "I wouldn't have to, I could get very much involved, but I purposefully don't...we'll see what happens". "Personally, I think it goes all the way".

Durham was appointed by Attorney General William Barr to investigate the origins of the FISA probe into the Trump campaign in 2016. "It really was a dark cloud hanging over the campaign until the election in November of 2016, through the transition and going on years now into the early years of President Trump's first administration".

  • Sonia Alvarado