Former FBI Attorney to plead guilty to making false statement
Former FBI lawyer, Kevin Clinesmith, has agreed to plead guilty to one count of falsifying information in an attempt to frame Carter Page, a former adviser to the 2016 Trump Campaign for the purpose of obtaining a warrant to wiretap Page.
The guilty plea is a result of the investigation into the origins of the FBI/Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation into Russia interference in the 2016 election. That investigation is being led by the U.S. Attorney in Connecticut, John Durham.
The complaint, released by the DOJ reads, “Clinesmith, did willfully and knowingly make and use a false writing and document, knowing the same to contain a materially false, fictitious and fraudulent statement and entry in a matter before the jurisdiction of the executive branch and judicial branch of the Government of the United States.”
Clinesmith, who worked for former FBI counterintelligence deputy, Peter Strzok, was accused of changing reports from the CIA that had informed the FBI that Carter Page was reporting to the CIA about his engagement with Russian officials. Clinesmith changed that information to indicate that Page was not reporting to the CIA, according to the charges against him. Suppressing the information that Page was actually a CIA asset made it possible for the FBI and DOJ to obtain a surveillance warrant against Page.
According to a DOJ inspector general’s report last year, Clinesmith, like his former boss Strzok, had also made disparaging remarks about President Trump that were uncovered in his text messages.
Attorney General William Barr hinted that Durham had an announcement coming today, with an indication that there would be more activity to come in an interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News Thursday evening:
“I’ve said there are going to be developments, significant developments before the election but we are not doing this on the election schedule. We are aware of the election, we’re not going to do anything inappropriate before the election, but, we are not being dictated to by this schedule, what is dictating the timing of this is developments in the timing of this case,” said Barr.
Trump supporters are likely to view the plea agreement as more evidence that the DOJ, under the Obama administration, had been highly politicized and used to undermine the Trump 2016 campaign.
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