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Tag: District of Columbia Court of Appeals Board on Professional Responsibility

D.C. Panel Approves Suspending Ex-FBI Lawyer Kevin Clinesmith’s License for 1 Year

Former FBI attorney Kevin Clinesmith.

By Steve Neavling

A legal disciplinary committee in Washington D.C. has approved a negotiated agreement to suspend former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith’s law license for one year after he was convicted of altering an email in connection with the surveillance of former Trump aide Carter Page.

Clinesmith was sentenced to 12 months of probation and 400 hours of community service on Jan. 29 for altering an email used to seek the continued surveillance of Page. The email suggested that Page was not a source for the CIA, even though he had a relationship with the agency. 

In June, Clinestmith agreed to the one-year suspension of his law license. The suspension is retroactive to start in August 2020.

Clinesmith faces a two-year suspension as part of a separate disciplinary deal in Michigan. 

The District of Columbia Court of Appeals Board on Professional Responsibility noted that Clinesmith showed remorse and had no prior disciplinary history. 

“All of the evidence regarding respondent’s intent supports the contention that he did not act with fraudulent intent,” the committee said.

The D.C. Court o f Appeals will review the committee report.