The FBI lawyer who admitted to altering the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant that allowed the bureau to spy on Trump campaign advisor Carter Page, pleaded guilty Wednesday to a federal judge and will be sentenced to up to six months or less in prison in early December.
You would never get this kind of deal. This my friends is the DOJ throwing us a bone and hoping we forget the bigger picture. Again, I hope I’m wrong.
FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith, who purposefully omitted information on Page from the 2017 warrant application submitted to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, known as the FISC, pleaded guilty to the altering the documents in a telephone call with his lawyers.
Judge James E. Boasberg of the federal district court in Washington, D.C.who oversees the case reminded Clinesmith that he had the right to a trial by jury, which Clinesmith declined. Boasberg accepted his guilty plea Wednesday and scheduled a Dec. 10, sentencing hearing.
Clinesmith’s lawyers reiterated that their client deeply regretted his actions which were not intentional but none-the-less were in violation of the law.
What? Let’s talk about what Clinesmith did and think about what would happen to you if you lied on a document like a FISA warrant? Wait, look at what happened to Trump friend and advisor Roger Stone who was accused of lying to Congress (by the way, former CIA director John Brennan, former DNI James Clapper and a litany of other blatantly lied to Congress and are now selling books on Amazon).
Clinesmith didn’t just tell a small lie, he specifically omitted information that allowed the FBI to spy on a presidential campaign for political reasons. He had worked at the FBI for four years and was a subordinate that was made the fall guy by FBI leadership.
He altered an email he received from the CIA in 2017 that showed Page was in no way a Russian asset and that he was an asset for the CIA.
The Judges at the FISC court approved the application to wiretap Page, according to court records and numerous investigations. He altered an official government email indicating that Page wasn’t “a source” for the CIA, when it originally said he was. WOW!
Folks, that is no small crime.
More than 100 participants listened in to the court ‘plea agreement hearing’ Wednesday and listened as Clinesmith waived his right to a trial by jury.
He is expected to get only six months or less for altering the FISA application, which is considered one of the most classified documents pertaining to national security and its contents must be validated thoroughly by the FBI before being submitted to the court.
“Mr. Clinesmith you understand we’ve already talked about your jury rights,” said Boasberg. He then said do you understand your decision to waive your rights to a jury?”
“Yes, your honor,” said Clinesmith.
What about all those above Clinesmith, who absolutely ordered him to operate the way he did and who tacitly approved his omission in the FISA application.
Clinesmith is nothing more than the fall guy. He’ll serve a short sentence for a massive crime against our nation and duly elected president.
I, however, won’t be satisfied until those above him pay for the malfeasance and attempted coup. It may never happen but at least we know now that the gig is up and that there will be two sets of rules at the Justice Department: one for the elite bureaucrats and another for the American people.