Rep. Nunes on former FBI lawyer Clinesmith’s responsible plea in Durham probe: ‘This can be a good first step’

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Rep. Nunes on former FBI lawyer Clinesmith's guilty plea in Durham probe: ‘This is a good first step’

Former FBI attorney Kevin Clinesmith's expected guilty plea in forging a document justifying surveillance of a former Trump campaign advisor could be the first of many to emerge from the Durham investigation. Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., Said to "Fox & Friends".

The "French-speaking lawyer", as Nunes calls Clinesmith, proclaimed "Vive la Resistance" in one of its anti-Trump text messages that were revealed.

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"I think Durham lets him go extremely easily," said Nunes. "There are several charges that could have been brought, likely including conspiracy and the destruction of evidence." So I suspect he might cooperate. Maybe he isn't. But that's a good first step. "

Attorney General William Barr testifies during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Justice Department oversight on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 in Washington. (Matt McClain / The Washington Post via AP, Pool)

On Friday, President Trump responded to the news of Clinesmith's expected admission of guilt: "This is just the beginning, I would imagine. That … what happened should never happen again."

He also called Clinesmith a "corrupt FBI attorney" who is part of the "very corrupt FBI" of former FBI Director James Comey.

Two sources close to the investigation told Fox News on Friday that Clinesmith will plead guilty.

"Kevin deeply regrets changing the email. It was never his intention to mislead the court or any of its colleagues as he believed the information he submitted was accurate," said the Clinesmith attorney, Justin Shur, in a statement. "But Kevin understands what he did wrong and takes responsibility."

Nunes said it was important that various moving parts of the origins of the Russia probe be exposed.

"I hope that at least before the election we will get a full report of everything I just put on so that we at least know exactly what happened," he said. “And from there, many people have to be brought to justice. The main thing is that we need the truth. "

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Fox News' Caitlin McFall contributed to this report.