Durham gets the first Russiagate conviction – Ex-Justice Department lawyer Kevin Clinesmith

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Welcome to the first Durham Russiagate conviction

Ex-FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith pleads guilty in first criminal case arising from Durham probe

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The significance of a Kevin Clinesmith guilty plea

…..Because the FBI is a federal law enforcement agency with the power to arrest and charge Americans for crimes, falsifying a document is pretty serious business.

It’s even more serious when you find out what he falsified: an email from the CIA. The altered document was used to persuade the highly secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to approve the FBI’s application for a third renewal of a secret wiretap on an American citizen.

Stop and think about that for just a minute. The United States government’s law enforcement agency falsified a document from the U.S. government’s intelligence agency in order to persuade a judicial body to approve secret surveillance of an American…..

…..A few weeks later, on Aug. 17, the CIA provided to some members of the FBI team conducting the investigation, named “Crossfire Hurricane,” documents indicating that Carter Page had been an “operational contact” for the CIA, someone who provided the U.S. government with information derived from his conversations with Russian officials…..

The FBI decided to seek a third renewal of the warrant. This time the FBI’s investigator sought to clarify Page’s role with the CIA.

That’s when Kevin Clinesmith changed an email from the CIA, which confirmed Page’s role. He altered “is” to “is not” a source.

The FBI investigators seeking the surveillance warrant gave this altered email to the FISA court, and on June 29, 2017, the court approved a third renewal of the authorization to secretly wiretap a U.S. citizen.

Clinesmith has now (pleaded) guilty to one felony count of making a false statement.

This is only one of the pieces of the puzzle now being assembled by U.S. Attorney John Durham, who was appointed by Attorney General William Barr to investigate the FBI’s “Crossfire Hurricane” investigation. We could see indictments for illegal leaks of secret information and perhaps for other crimes…..
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afoaf

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the bet with surfdog was a conviction before end of September

did they make it in time?

I think I win the bet....
 
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Carter Page had been working with Obama's FBI. Then Page started working to get Trump elected. Obama's FBI wanted to use information obtained by Carter Page as an excuse to spy on the Trump campaign. The FISA court would not grant a warrant to the FBI to spy on its own agent. So Clinesmith falsified a warrant application to claim that Page had not been working with Obama's FBI.
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Phi1

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Or Clinesmith altered the document because he thought he was correcting the information. At the time he thought Page was not a source.

Altering documents is bad right? How does the Barr DOJ explain this one?

 

afoaf

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What did George was
What did George Washington think the Presidency of the USA was for if not to constantly go to your golf courses so you could run up the bills on the Secret Service and enrich yourself?
What did George Washington think the Presidency of the USA was for if not to pimp unapproved drugs you have a financial stake in while the rest of the nation is dying and going slowly bankrupt
 

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George Washington was real high on draft dodgers who mock the military and their families.
 

afoaf

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I still can't find the thread.

can you?

I'll spend some time on it later....r32 says search is wonky after upgrade
 

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Found it. It was further back then I thought.

Buried in the Political Meme thread of all places....

https://forum.surfer.com/index.php?threads/political-meme-thread.197348/page-69#post-3043994

You can go back a page or 2 from there to see how it evolved.

You wanted conviction and that's what we got back in August.

Pleading guilty is the same as a conviction. He was already indicted and prosecuted.

It took a bit of sleuthing. I found hints here and there early this year, but ended up just going back from Jan 1, because I knew it wasn't long before then.

https://forum.surfer.com/index.php?threads/criminal-investigation-of-the-fbi-for-forging-documents-used-to-start-the-trump-russia-collusion-probe-has-begun.223583/page-2

I feel your pain. :monkey:
 
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