Ex-FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith sentenced to 1-year probation for altering Russia probe email. Clinesmith, the former FBI lawyer who altered an email during the Russia investigation that was used to justify the surveillance of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, was sentenced to one-year probation on Friday. Clinesmith pleaded guilty last summer to falsifying the communication during the early stages of the FBI's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election. Ref. USAToday.