Clinesmith gets probation and community service for falsifying evidence in SpyGate

Just The NewsFormer FBI attorney Kevin Clinesmith was sentenced Friday to 12 months probation and 400 hours of community service for falsely altering a document that led to the FISA warrant of former 2016 Trump campaign associate Carter Page.

Clinesmith pleaded guilty last summer to altering an email to falsely claim that Page had not previously been a CIA asset, despite CIA confirmation that he had been. Clinesmith is the only FBI employee charged so far in the investigation by Special Counsel John Durham into the Justice Department's now-discredited Russia collusion investigation.

Federal prosecutors were seeking jail time for Clinesmith, arguing that a harsh sentence would deter others from behaving in a similar manner during a government agency investigation.

This tells us two things:
1) Clinesmith is not cooperating. (If he was cooperating, Durham would have delayed sentencing until after the cooperation, as in the Flynn case).
2) Judge Boasberg is corrupt or otherwise compromised, because he is claiming Clinesmith did not act from political bias, despite written evidence of that bias.

Clinesmith won't even be disbarred.

I think the near complete lack of reaction to Clinesmith's plea from bar associations and other institutions tells us a third: no one is afraid of Durham.

This entry was published Fri Jan 29 23:14:29 CST 2021 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2021-01-29 23:14:29.0. [Tweet]

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