First Spygate Conviction: Former FBI Lawyer Kevin Clinesmith Pleads Guilty In Federal Court
Well, it’s taken a bit, but there has at least been one conviction in Spygate, and that is a guilty plea from former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith to falsifying a FISA court document.
FOX News reports:
U.S. District Judge for the District of Columbia James Boasberg accepted the plea. Clinesmith’s sentencing date has been set for Dec. 10 at 11 a.m. ET.
Clinesmith was referred for potential prosecution by the Justice Department’s inspector general’s office, which conducted its own review of the Russia investigation.
The inspector general accused Clinesmith, though not by name, of altering an email about former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page to say that he was ‘not a source’ for another government agency.
Page has said he was a source for the CIA.
The Justice Department relied on Clinesmith’s assertion as it submitted a third and final renewal application in 2017 to eavesdrop on Page under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
During the plea hearing, Boasberg asked Clinesmith to affirm that he “intentionally altered an email, and added language” that “individual number one” was “not a source…and you knew that statement was in fact not true.”
Clinesmith replied, “At the time I thought the information I was providing was accurate, but I am agreeing the information I inserted was not originally there, and I inserted the information.”
Boasberg then asked: “You intentionally altered the email to insert information that was not originally in the email?”
“Yes, your honor,” replied Clinesmith.
“Kevin deeply regrets having altered the email. It was never his intent to mislead the court or his colleagues as he believed the information he relayed was accurate. But Kevin understands what he did was wrong and accepts responsibility,” Clinesmith’s attorney Justin Shur said in a statement.
OK, so this is actually good news. However, because I am very cynical in all of this, and considering the timing of this conviction as being just a couple of months before the election, let’s see whether or not this administration will bring the promised justice against those higher up politicians such as Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, and bureaucrats like James Comey.