Explaining Clinesmith

Andy McCarthy describes (part 1, part 2, part 3) the events surrounding Clinesmith's participation in the Carter Page FISA, which led to Clinesmith's recent guilty plea. He's not impressed, and for good reason, with Clinesmith's claim to have not intended to deceive in his guilty plea.

To me the most significant element of that is that Clinesmith probably does not intend to cooperate fully. He's going to work out the best deal he can for himself (obviously), but he's also going to try to minimize his own knowledge and ill intent in order to protect the other conspirators in the hopes that they will assume he's still on their side and acting only under duress. With that in mind, Clinesmith may well refuse to volunteer information he thinks Durham can't otherwise obtain, and may be inclined to try to play games if he is called as a witness in other trials.

Durham would be well advised to keep Clinesmith on a very short leash.

This entry was published Tue Sep 01 02:05:54 CDT 2020 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2020-08-28 00:44:06.0. [Tweet]

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