Ex-FBI Lawyer Kevin Clinesmith To Plead Guilty In Durham Probe, Trump Says It’s ‘Just The Beginning’
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FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith, who falsified the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant against Carter Page, is expected to plead guilty Friday in the Department of Justice Prosecutor John Durham’s probe into the FBI’s now-debunked probe into President Donald Trump and Russia, The New York Times is reporting Friday.
During a news conference Friday, President Donald Trump called both Clinesmith and the FBI run by James Comey “corrupt,” adding that Friday’s news is “just the beginning, I would imagine. What happened should never happen again.”
“So, he is pleading guilty,” Trump said. “Terrible thing, terrible thing. The fact is they spied on my campaign and they got caught and you’ll be hearing more.”
Clinesmith “plans to admit that he altered an email from the C.I.A. that investigators relied on to seek renewed court permission in 2017 for a secret wiretap on the former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, who had at times provided information to the spy agency. Mr. Clinesmith’s lawyers said he made a mistake while trying to clarify facts for a colleague, the people said,” according to the paper.
On Thursday night, Attorney General William Barr told Sean Hannity that there would be “significant developments” Friday, but noted they wouldn’t be “earth shattering.” It was something the American people have been waiting for for nearly four years.
“The simplest indictment would be against FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith, who falsified the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant against Carter Page. Page, who was a volunteer for the 2016 Trump campaign, is now suing multiple media outlets for falsifying information against him,” Sara A. Carter wrote in a column Friday before any announcements were made.
She added, “The warrant allowed the FBI to spy on Page’s communications and allowed them access into the Trump campaign. But Clinesmith was not alone in his actions. Neither were any of the other FBI agents that spied on Trump’s campaign.”