Bill Barr Gets First Scalp In Durham Probe As FBI Lawyer Kevin Clinesmith Pleads Guilty

Attorney General William Barr just got his first scalp in the ongoing investigations into what in the hell happened in the 2016 election.

FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith will plead guilty according to multiple reports in his plot to illegally surveil Carter Page. Page worked or advised Trump for a little bit during the campaign and he was also working as a CIA asset.

Kevin Clinesmith as by law had to ask the CIA if he was working for them before he tried to get a FISA on Page that started the surveillance that shocked the nation.


The CIA confirmed Page worked for them but Clinesmith, in his zeal to get something on Trump lied on the FISA application and changed the CIA’s email to say Page did not work for them.

It was a gross violation of public trust and he should face the music

From Fox News:

Former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith will plead guilty to making a false statement in the first criminal case arising from U.S. Attorney John Durham’s review of the investigation into links between Russia and the 2016 Trump campaign, two sources close to the matter tell Fox News.

Clinesmith was referred for potential prosecution by the Justice Department’s inspector general’s office, which conducted its own review of the Russia investigation. Specifically, 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 DOJ relied on that assertion as it submitted a third and final renewal application in 2017 to eavesdrop on Page under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

Clinesmith is being charged in federal court in Washington and is expected to plead guilty to one count of making a false statement, his attorney Justin Shur told The Associated Press.

Durham was appointed by Attorney General Bill Barr last year to investigate the origins of the FBI’s original Russia probe, shortly after former Special Counsel Robert Mueller completed his years-long investigation into whether his campaign colluded with the Russians to influence the 2016 presidential election.

Durham’s timeline was focused on July 2016, when the FBI’s original Russia probe began, through the appointment of Mueller in May 2017.