Kevin Clinesmith is expected to plead guilty to John Durham’s charges of altering a CIA email. The FBI and DOJ used that forged email as a crucial piece of Obamagate evidence to illegally obtain and renew the Carter Page wiretap warrant. That’s the one which allowed the Deep State to spy on Donald Trump. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham is thrilled with the news. He’s convinced the ex-FBI assistant general counsel “knows where the bodies are buried.”
Clinesmith knows just where Durham should dig
South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham was thrilled to hear about the plea deal because “something tells me that Mr. Clinesmith knows where the bodies are buried, and if I were in the FBI working on Crossfire Hurricane, I’d be very worried right now.” The disgraced lawyer was caught in an air tight case. “The CIA had told the Crossfire Hurricane team,” specifically Peter Strzok, “in mid 2016 that Page was a contact years earlier providing information on interactions with people associated with Russian intelligence.” The FBI flipped it around with two words, “not a.”
Clinesmith agreed to plead guilty on a single count of “making a false statement,” but it was a seriously misleading one, with historic repercussions. He “willfully and knowingly” altered a document in June 2017 to falsely claim that Trump campaign adviser Carter Page identified as “Individual #1,” was “not a source” for the CIA when Page was really a known and vouched for CIA asset. It was a bold lie with no ambiguity about it. The email only came up when another “FBI official who signed the fourth FISA warrant” raised “a concern about whether Page was a CIA source and seeking email proof.” Page was never charged with a crime.
His attorney tried to downplay what Clinesmith did as a simple mistake. “Kevin deeply regrets having altered the email,” Justin Shur said in a statement. “It was never his intent to mislead the court or his colleagues as he believed the information he relayed was accurate.” Nobody is buying it. “It’s more than an oversight. Whether the omission was purposeful or not, it is a fraud on the court,” scoffs Kevin Brock, the FBI’s former assistant director for intelligence. “The fact that the bureau was advised even before the first application that Carter Page was a source of the CIA and chose not to include it for the first three applications undercuts that argument,” the retired FBI executive said. “It stretches credulity that Clinesmith would claim he believed he was providing accurate information. They already knew it was inaccurate.”
FISA Court Judge Assigned to Clinesmith case
In a awesome twist of karma reported by CNN, Judge James Boasberg of the U.S. District Court in Washington was assigned to handle the Clinesmith case on Friday. He also happens to be the presiding judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that was tricked into approving the wiretap warrants which make Nixon’s Watergate look like a third-rate break in.
Clinesmith was definitely a card carrying member of the the FBI branch of the Hillary Clinton fan club when he worked on the Crossfire Hurricane operation which morphed into a treasonous coup attempt orchestrated by “all the presidents men” in Barack Obama’s Administration, probably including Obama and Joe Biden as well.
The day after the 2016 election, Clinesmith texted, “the crazies won finally. This is the tea party on steroids. And the GOP is going to be lost, they have to deal with an incumbent in 4 years. We have to fight this again. Also Pence is stupid.”
The bottom line was summed up by Iowa Senator Charles Grassley. “Thanks to recent declassifications, we now know that the same FBI lawyer who doctored evidence to push for spying authority on Trump’s campaign was also intimately involved in plans to co-opt intel briefings to spy on Trump himself. Today, he is being held to account.” Clinesmith gets the historic first in Durham’s prosecution scorecard. Word around the water cooler is that Bill Priestap may be joining him shortly. Christopher Wray is laying low and holding his Fifth Amendment silence as much as possible.