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Collins Reacts to News of FBI Lawyer Kevin Clinesmith Pleading Guilty in Durham Investigation

Aug 14, 2020
Press Release

GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) released the following statement in response to reports that former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith is expected to plead guilty to falsifying evidence used to obtain a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant to spy on Trump campaign official Carter Page in 2016. This is the first criminal case arising from U.S. Attorney John Durham’s long-awaited investigation into FBI misconduct in 2016 and 2017. 

"For years, the American people have been demanding answers about how the FBI was able to weaponize their power to illegally spy on then-candidate Trump and his campaign in an effort to derail his candidacy and then presidency,” Collins said. “Today’s news that Kevin Clinesmith will be prosecuted for falsifying evidence to spy on Carter Page is a positive step toward holding the FBI responsible. While I’m encouraged by this advancement in the Durham investigation, I hope this is simply step one in our quest for accountability. It’s clear that this coup reached the highest levels of the Obama Administration, all the way up to the Oval Office. The American people need to have faith in our justice system, and that will require holding every rogue agent accountable, from the lowest levels to the very highest."

In 2019, Collins released a series of interview transcripts from the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees’ joint investigation into apparent wrongdoing at the FBI and Department of Justice in 2016 and 2017. These transcripts included testimony from former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, among others, and revealed new information regarding the clear wrongdoing that occurred. 

When releasing the transcripts in 2019, Collins said on the House floor, “The American people deserve transparency. They deserve to know what transpired in the highest levels of the FBI at the origin of the probe of President Trump’s campaign. I have worked to release as many transcripts as possible because the American people deserve the truth.”