Former FBI lawyer, Kevin Clinesmith, sentenced after falsifying documents

Former FBI Lawyer Kevin Clinesmith
Former FBI Lawyer Kevin Clinesmith

Fox News Primetime” host and former House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy criticized the sentence handed down to former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith after he pleaded guilty to falsifying a document in relation to the Russia investigation.

Gowdy, a former federal prosecutor, recalled his past experiences working with FBI agents.

“Every one of those agents I worked with, you would be proud to have as your next-door neighbor and a coach of your kid’s team. That was the FBI I know,” he said. “But that was not the FBI in charge. I never met or worked with an FBI agent like Peter Strzok. When I was a prosecutor, I never met an FBI agent or employee who would let his own political opinions influence his work. I never worked with an FBI lawyer like Kevin Clinesmith.

“Kevin Clinesmith was actively, vocally biased against President Trump,” Gowdy continued. “He also falsified a document to make it easier to target a political opponent. Kevin Clinesmith thought he was part of some great moral resistance — a resistance, I might add, to a duly elected president.”

Gowdy added that America prides itself on being a nation of laws where justice and fairness are watchwords.

“But that requires excellence from the women and men we empower to enforce those laws,” he said. “We need a justice system that is not only respected, but worthy of our respect.”

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