A Federal Judge has sentenced an FBI agent to a week in jail and 50 hours of community service for spying on a Pro Trump activist.
The former agent accessed a neighbor’s email to spend a week in jail and serve 50 hours of community service.
According to The Washington Examiner Mark Tolson, 60, pleaded guilty in September to digging through the email account of Washington lobbyist Jack Burkman, who aided 22-year-old Jacob Wohl in a scheme to scuttle ex-special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. U.S. District Court Judge Leonie Brinkemasentenced Tolsonon Friday, according toPolitico.
Tolson accessed Burkman’s email account and combed through his communications.
Tolson’s wife had the password to Burkman’s email after doing some work for the lobbyist, and she provided the password to her husband. Tolson accessed Burkman’s email and sent screenshots of messages as well as the login information to Burkman’s email account to a journalist.
Tolson told Brinkema that he broke the law “to protect Director Mueller” from Burkman and Wohl’s smear campaign.
“This is actually a very serious offense,” Brinkema said. “You’re lucky. Your wife is lucky. The government could have prosecuted her as well.”
“You can’t just rummage through other people’s accounts,” Brinkema added. “You had to have known better.”