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Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz told Sen. Ted Cruz on Wednesday that private citizens “would be considered for” prosecution if they had deceived courts in the same manner as FBI lawyers did to procure FISA warrants on former Trump campaign staffer Carter Page.

The Texas Republican prompted the exchange by explaining how exactly Kevin Clinesmith, the lawyer in question, “altered the email that he sent to the supervising agent who thereafter relied on it to swear out the final FISA application.”

“So the men and women at home need to know what’s happening,” Cruz continued. “A lawyer at the FBI creates fraudulent evidence, alters an email, that is in turn used for the basis of a sworn statement to the court that the court relies on. Am I stating that accurately?

“That’s correct,” Horowitz answered. “That is what occurred.”

Horowitz added that he has never “seen an alteration of an email end up impacting a court document like this.”

“If a private citizen did that in any law enforcement investigation, if they fabricated evidence and reversed what it said, in your experience,” Cruz then posed. “Would that private citizen be prosecuted for fabricating evidence, be prosecuted for obstruction of justice, be prosecuted for perjury?”

Horowitz stated that “they certainly would be considered for that if there was an intentional effort to deceive the court.”

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  • Michael says:

    “So the men and women at home need to know what’s happening,” Cruz continued. “A lawyer at the FBI creates fraudulent evidence, alters an email, that is in turn used for the basis of a sworn statement to the court that the court relies on. Am I stating that accurately?

    “That’s correct,” Horowitz answered. “That is what occurred.”

    So, he just admitted everything was bullshit. How the hell can he actually say the FBI’s probe into the Trump campaign was justified?!

    • Mickey says:

      Because he’s part of the corrupt deep state that is like a cancer in our government. Can you imagine if Hillary would have won?? Trump is like chemo and radiation attempting to eradicate the cancer. Hopefully our republic will survive this cancer.

    • Danland says:

      Horowitz only went back to July 31st. FBI Planned to open the case in Sept. based upon the Dossier but they realized its credibility was zero. So the ‘squad’ needed something different to present FISA . They turned to the “insurance policy”; aka “friendly Australian tip”. (received in May, but later re-dated by McCabe to July 31st ). They also re-dated the Dossier so it appeared the dossier was discovered Sept 19th. McCabe (according to Horowitz) told his people to stop talking to the spy who first gave Steel’s information in July. After these adjustments the application was presented to FISA for a wire tap (which they got). Bill Barr likely is aware of this .. Horowitz didn’t go back quite that far.

  • Rick says:

    Hillary paid for this and this wasn’t a Trump conspiracy ???

  • Policestate says:

    Why did the IG refer all the criminal actions by FBI Agents to the FBI? Why not to the DOJ? The FBI is just going to try and cover this up as they don’t want to show that bias actually existed within the FBI. All involved. With the investigation FISA applications plus the Lawyer who changed the Email wording
    , Should be charged with Perjury, Obstruction of justice, Sedition. But I doubt that will ever happen. It just goes to show how corrupt these Alphabet agencies have become. Time for a Complete change of leadership in these agencies.

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