Kevin Clinesmith was the lead FBI lawyer during the counterintelligence operation nicknamed Crossfire Hurricane.
Evidence proves that Clinesmith manipulated a CIA email in order to obtain the third renewal for the Carter Page FISA (June 29, 2017) he was working on behalf of the Mueller investigation.
The email in question was confirmation that Carter Page ‘had’ previously done work for the CIA. Clinesmith altered it to read ‘had not’ to bolster the third renewal application to the FISA Court.
At the time, the chain of command in the Carter Page application, of which Clinesmith was a part, looked like this…
FBI line-level lawyer Clinesmith was responsible for assembling the underlying evidence.
FBI unit chief lawyer Sally Moyer, who Clinesmith was rumored to be having an affair with, was responsible for the citations in the “woods file” that identifies the underlying evidence.
Then DOJ Deputy Assistant Attorney General Tashina Guahar was responsible for the final application assembly prior to it being sent off to the top level DOJ and FBI superiors for signatures and submission to the court.
When Clinesmith pleads guilty he’ll be the first domino to fall as part of U.S. Attorney John Durham’s investigation into the 2016 and 2017 illegal surveillance of the Trump campaign and Trump administration.
It’s no secret that after reviewing the OIG conclusion that the Page FISA warrants were fraudulently obtained, both Durham and Attorney General William Barr believed that they had reason to believe the entire investigation of Trump, which allegedly began in late July of 2016, lacked any legal predicate.
Barr tapped the highly respected Durham in May of 2019 to investigate the Russian collusion hoax and determine whether any criminal charges against those who perpetrated it were warranted.
It appears that the deliberative Durham finally has the dominoes aligned. Let’s see if Clinesmith offers evidence on his co-conspirators in order to lessen his sentence recommendation.
This is the way things generally work.
The long wait may finally be over. Hopefully, the spit is about to hit the fan…