It appears that Kevin Clinesmith’s guilty plea was part of a plea bargain, where implicated others who were as crooked as he was.
Clinesmith changed an email that said that Carter POage had worked with the CIA in order to arrest and jail Russians. Clinesmith then altered it to read that he had not worked with the CIA.
Clinesmith claims that he gave the FBI the unaltered email before he provided the fake. According to Durham’s charging document (and also in IG Horowitz’s report), “certain individuals” on the Crossfire Hurricane team. It specifically says ‘individuals.’
So who are the others who knew the truth but hid it? This must be why Clinesmith was reduced to just one charge.
Hopefully, more people will refuse to fall on their sword.
Despite knowing that Carter Page was an intelligence asset, no one gave that information to the FISA court.
We already know there were many bits of information that the FBI and DOJ hid from the FISA Court.
What else don’t we know about yet?
Former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith expected to plead guilty to altering Carter Page evidence to support FISA warrant.
Clinesmith will be charged with just one count of making a false statement. But if he turned state’s evidence and named names and possibly supplied evidence of what he claimed, it would not seem as light.
His prosecution was a slam dunk, so it seems highly unlikely they would cut a deal for a guilty plea. That is reserved for cases that are much harder to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt.
Bill Barr was on Hannity last night and said there would be breaking news today. But he also said there was more coming and that Durham is not working on a time schedule.
Democrats and their loyal pundits have been claiming that anything not released by Sept 4th could not be revealed until after the November election.
Special prosecutor John Durham subpoenaed liberal think tank, the Brookings Institute over a former employee, Igor Danchenko and his connections to the bogus Steele Dossier paid for by the Hillary campaign and the DNC.
Danchenko was the alleged primary source for the Steele dossier, but he has disputed much of what went into the dossier and attributable to him. Some he said was embellished and some he said he knew nothing about.
It is said that the Brookings Institute cooperated fully in the Durham investigation. The institute was and is not the target in the investigation.
Danchenko had worked there as an analyst before moving on and he even landed a job at Steele-owned Orbis Business Intelligence.
He testified that he passed rumors on to Steele, who then represented the rumors as truth. Danchenko says that other parts of the dossier listing him as the source did not come from him.
The inspector general report found 17 inaccuracies in the FBI’s applications for FISA warrants against Carter Page, including a forged email from the CIA for which Kevin Clinesmith pleaded guilty to without so much as a slap on the wrist. I still don’t expect results from the Durham investigation.
The investigation has drug on forever and many key witnesses have never been called to the best of my knowledge.
Investigations led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the Justice Department inspector general and several congressional committees all undermined the dossier’s central thesis of a “well-developed conspiracy of cooperation” between the Trump campaign and Russian government.
The IG report also debunked several specific claims of collusion that are found in the Steele dossier. One of those is Steele’s claim that Trump lawyer Michael Cohen visited Prague in August 2016 to meet with Kremlin insiders regarding hackers.
The general counsel for Brookings told The Times that Durham’s office issued its subpoena on Dec. 31, and that the think tank had turned over documents in February.
“Consistent with its practices in such matters, Brookings provided the responsive documents, none of which contained information associated with the reports known as the Steele dossier,” Michael Cavadel told The Times.
US Attorney John Durham has announced that he will be leaving that post effective February 28th. He will, however, continue in his role as special counsel, investigating Russiagate.
AG Bill Barr appointed him as such before he left office. But if Merrick Garland is confirmed as the new Attorney General, I think one of his very first acts will be to fire him. We just don’t know if he will be replaced or whether someone will take his place like Eric Holder.
In any case, a replacement would be assured to kill the investigation once and for all. No one can cover up crimes like the Democrats can because they have no shame at all.
The media will play along. They harassed President Trump by constantly starting rumors that Trump planned to fire Robert Mueller. But of course, he never did. If Merrick fires Durham, you won’t hear a peep.
Durham has been the US Attorney for three years but has been a federal prosecutor for 38 years. I guess he decided to0 pack it in since Biden was going to fire him from the US Attorney’s job anyway.
Earlier this month Biden asked all US Attorneys appointed by Trump to resign. Therefore Durham would be leaving that job soon at any rate and he decided the time was right to just pack it in.
Barr said at the time of his appointment of Durham as special counsel that Durham’s investigation had narrowed to investigating FBI agents involved in the coup attempt.
He has already gotten one conviction of former FBI attorney Kevin Clinesmith who got less than a slap on the wrist for forging documents to the FISA Court.
A DOJ official told FOX61 News on Friday that Durham will “stay in that role” as special counsel in the Russia probe investigation.
“My career has been as fulfilling as I could ever have imagined when I graduated from law school way back in 1975,” said U.S. Attorney Durham in a statement. “Much of that fulfillment has come from all the people with whom I’ve been blessed to share this workplace, and in our partner law enforcement agencies.”
He continued: “My love and respect for this Office and the vitally important work done here have never diminished. It has been a tremendous honor to serve as U.S. Attorney, and as a career prosecutor before that, and I will sorely miss it.”
This is huge. James Comey sent an email to James Clapper informing him that the FBI could not verify the Steele Dossier.
Then, afterward, he signed a FISA application in which he had to swear that the information had been verified. That is illegal and the fact that he knew the document could not be verified means that this was an intentional act of subterfuge on Comey’s part.
The CIA had already told Comey that Carter Page had been a long-time operative for them, which meant he was not a spy for the Russians, rather he was an informant against them.
That is the document that Kevin Clinesmith forged and a crooked judge allowed him to walk free even though he confessed. And guess what else? The bar association did not disbar him for forging the document. Lucky for him he isn’t a Republican, he would have gotten life.
The FBI had received warnings that Steele was not credible and that he hated Trump. The FBI was also informed that the Hillary campaign put forth the Russian collusion hoax in order to direct attention away from her email server scandal.
Despite having all of this evidence, James Comey plotted and tried to carry out a coup against a duly elected president. Comey even wrote a book, A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership.
Well, Comey is an expert on lies but the truth is he had no loyalty to his job and his leadership in passing on lies is now well documented. But, don’t expect John Durham to indict Comey or anyone else for that matter.
I am convinced that he is in cover-up mode and another previously good man sold his soul to the devil.
His entire investigation was a farce and Bill Barr was part of it in my opinion. I hope they prove me wrong.
It was in that environment in the final days of the Obama administration that Clapper had written Comey earlier on Jan. 12, 2017 to inform the FBI that Clapper had decided to release a public statement declaring that the Steele dossier was only mentioned in an appendix to the intel community’s report because the “IC has not made any judgment that the information in the document is reliable.”
Comey tried to push back, suggesting Steele was deemed reliable (he actually had been terminated by the FBI for leaking by that time) and that his network included sources that might be in a position to know things (although the key source had already disavowed the information attributed to him in the dossier).
“I just had a chance to review the proposed talking points on this for today,” Comey wrote Clapper. “Perhaps it is a nit, but I worry that it may not be best to say ‘the IC has not made any judgment that the information in the document is reliable.’ I say that because we HAVE concluded that the source is reliable and has a track record with us of reporting reliable information; we have some visibility into his source network, some of which we have determined to be sub-sources in a position to report on such things; and much of what he reports in the current document is consistent with and corroborative of other reporting included in the body of the main IC report.
Representative Devin Nunes (R-CA) and other Republicans are angry about a sentence of probation that carries no prison time for ex-FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith after he pleaded guilty to doctoring a CIA email during the FBI’s attempts at surveillance against former Trump campaign associate Carter Page. Page worked for the CIA, and that information was removed from the document. Had that information not been altered the whole Russia collusion hoax would have died right there. The millions of dollars spent on the collusion delusion hoax and putting the administration and the entire country through a Constitutional crisis would never have happened, but the court gave Clinesmith probation.
When he was Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Nunes brought to light a whole lot of problems with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) system that went on during the Trump-Russia investigation. Nunes said of the sentence, “Once again, we see a two-tiered system of justice where average Americans get investigated and imprisoned based on fake media narratives like ‘Russian collusion’ while government officials who perpetuated these abuses get off scot-free.” Of the reputation of the entire Justice Department in the aftermath of what the Obama DOJ did Nunes said, “The FBI, DOJ, and judicial system need to regain Americans’ trust, and this absurd sentencing won’t help.”
Judge James Boasberg of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, an Obama appointee of course, also serves on the FISA court, and he shot down the Justice Department’s request for up to six months behind bars. The judge gave Clinesmith probation with 400 hours of community service within a year and there will be no fine. It was a slap on the wrist and now the American taxpayers are going to pay the millions it cost to do the hoax investigation.
Clinesmith not only worked on the nine-month-long FBI investigation into Russian collusion, which we now know was started by Hillary Clinton in an effort to get her illegal private email server off the front pages of the news, the fired and disgraced former FBI lawyer also worked on special counsel Robert Mueller’s team and he acknowledged to special counsel John Durham’s team that he falsified a document when fired and disgraced former FBI director James Comey’s FBI tried to renew a FISA warrant against Page, a volunteer campaign adviser to the Trump campaign.
Clinesmith edited a CIA email by removing information that showed Carter Page was working for the CIA, he was a good guy who was asked by the CIA to gather information on his business trips to Russia and he did every time they asked because he’s a patriot. Clinesmith removed that information to make it appear that Page was doing something nefarious. Page denied doing anything wrong since the beginning and he was never charged with a crime.
“Mr. Clinesmith lost his job, and his government service is what has given his life much of its meaning. He was also earning $150,000 a year — and who knows where the earnings go now. He may be disbarred or suspended from the practice of law … and may never be able to work in the national security field again,” Boasberg said when explaining his decision. “These are substantial penalties… What is more, he went from being an obscure career government lawyer to standing in the eye of a media hurricane. He has been threatened, vilified, and abused on a nationwide scale.”
The judge left out that Clinesmith did all of that to himself. It’s not like he was a victim here. He victimized an awful lot of people.
More Republicans lashed out when they heard of the weak sentence given out to Clinesmith.
“This sentence is absolutely despicable,” said Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX).
Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) took to social media and tweeted, “Very rare that dept of “JUST US” wld recommend jail time 4 one of their own But they did 4 Clinesmith former FBI attorney who falsified paperwork 2spy on Trump campaign+prop up phony collusion probe+violate civil liberties of Carter Page Outrageous DC judge gave NO prison time”
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said, “This punishment trivializes what I believe to be a stunning breach of duty to the Court and to the American people”
Assistant US Attorney Anthony Scarpelli who works on the Durham team said to the court on Friday, “The defendant’s criminal conduct tarnished and undermined the integrity of the FISA program” adding “it has lasting effects on DOJ, the FBI, the FISC, the FISA process, and trust and confidence United States citizens have in their government.”
That trust is gone, and this sentence was like the final nail in the coffin. Democrats never cared what the American people think and feel about government so long as they are in charge.
Clinesmith had the audacity to label what he did as a shortcut that had no malicious intent.
”I am fully aware of the significance of my actions and the crucial error in judgment I made,” Clinesmith declared to the Obama judge just before his sentence was announced. “I let the FBI, the Department of Justice, my colleagues, the public, and my family down. I also let myself down. I will live with the consequences and deeply-held feeling of regret, shame, and loss caused by it for the rest of my life.” All things his lawyers prepped him to say. I allege he would have done it again if he wasn’t caught. I think there should be an investigation into all of the cases he worked on to see if he did “shortcuts” like this elsewhere during his career.
I am not going to get my hopes up because every time I do, I get disappointed. But the word on the street is that John Durham has expanded his staff. Specifically, he added prosecutors.
Does this mean he is getting ready to level charges won people? Or could he just be bringing them on board for a second opinion on charges to be brought?
This word comes at a time when the president and members of congress are becoming increasingly critical of AG Bill Barr and US Attorney John Durham.
This could be another head fake. It is also being reported that the investigation is coming along nicely. I’ll believe all of this once a lot of Democrats start dressing in orange every day for 3 to 5 years.
Barr recently named Durham as the special prosecutor and his job will carry on into the next administration no matter who wins. In that order, it is clearly written out that Durham is obligated to turn in a report to the DOJ that can be released to the public but probably won’t no matter who Biden taps should he win the election.
Barr tapped Durham on May 13, 2019 to conduct an inquiry into the U.S. government’s intelligence-gathering activities against Trump campaign associates. The review has morphed into a criminal investigation. (RELATED: Barr Appoints Durham As Special Counsel)
Barr designated Durham as a special counsel to oversee the investigation on Oct. 19, 2020. The order said that Durham would be required to submit a report to the Justice Department that could be released to the public. Barr also said in the order that Durham could submit interim reports before the investigation has officially ended.
Barr said in a letter to Congress on Dec. 1 that he initially expected Durham to finish the investigation by this summer, but that progress was slowed by the coronavirus pandemic.
It appears that the Durham investigation has followed the same route that the DOJ IG Michael Horowitz took in his probe of the whole mess.
One person has already pleaded guilty to forging evidence to get a FISA warrant against Carter Page. A former FBI lawyer, Kevin Clinesmith is due to be sentenced soon. Durham has asked for prison time.
We saw this coming when John Durham refused to end his investigation into the massive amount of crimes committed by people within the Obama/Biden administration. One of the biggest mistakes President Trump made in his first term is not firing AG Bill Barr. He has turned out to be as corrupt as anyone in Washington. He appointed John Durham to investigate.
Durham, whom I am convinced is just another cog in the Deep State machine, refused to release his report before the election and now the election is over… he’s dropping it entirely.
Don’t even try to tell me no crimes were committed. Perjury charges alone could fill a couple of dockets. The worst part is that it just like the 2020 election. Democrats will get away with that, too.
The only person who will be convicted is Kevin Clinesmith and he was hit with a minor charge even though he falsified evidence. And I will bet he will get zero jail time. John Durham’s birthday will be a national holiday and will be celebrated on the same day as Benedict Arnold. I’m not sure which one is the bigger traitor.
The Democrats now have a back up when voter fraud does not win for them. They will sic the FBI and the DOJ on the winner.
Neither one will get you sent to prison. I am now wondering if Barr will reinstate the charges against Michael Flynn since he has blown his cover. In a show of appreciation, Biden might let Barr keep his job.
According to Bartiromo, a debate has begun within the Department of Justice as the timing of John Durham’s criminal investigation conclusion. Sources said it is now too close to the election and could be viewed as politically motivated.
According to The Federalist, “John Durham isn’t doing anything” and he is “dropping his investigations.”
“He’s worried about blowback from Biden.”
Sean Davis@seanmdav·A source familiar with Durham’s ongoing investigation of the bogus Russian collusion operation tells @FDRLST: “Durham isn’t doing anything. Dropping his investigations. He’s worried about blowback from Biden. What an absolute disgrace.”
Friday night, former federal prosecutor and member of President Donald Trump’s legal team said Friday the Trump campaign has collected a mountain of evidence exposing large scale election fraud that is all linked to the Dominion Voter Systems software.
During an appearance with Lou Dobbs on Fox Business, Powell revealed that the company was originally created and used to “produce altered results” in Venezuelan elections to put the late socialist leader Hugo Chavez in office, and that it has been used in other countries since, for the purpose of stealing elections, and now that includes the United States.
“I can hardly wait to put forth all the evidence we have collected on Dominion,” she said, exposing the fact that the software was funded by money from Venezuela and Cuba. You have to wonder what Biden promised both countries for their help.
“China has a role in it also. So if you wanna talk about foreign interference, we certainly have it now,” she continued.
Powell said that the campaign has in its possession a “staggering” amount of statistical evidence and witness testimony, including someone who was an eyewitness to the ballot theft in at least one of Chavez’s races who saw some of the same things happening in the early hours following Election Day last week.
“As soon as the states shut down on Election Night and stopped counting, those are the states where the most egregious problems occurred,” Powell said, and then she went on to claim that the Trump campaign is also uncovering evidence regarding “the financial interests” of some governors and secretaries of state “who actually bought into the Dominion systems.” This is incredible stuff, and all the while the Fake News media is still claiming there is no evidence of voter fraud.
While acknowledging Powell’s claims, Dobbs went on to note that the Trump campaign is running out of time to present its evidence in court as the December date for choosing electors is fast approaching.
Powell hopes states involved in fraud won’t be “stupid enough” to certify “hundreds of thousands of votes” that were altered by the Dominion software, but I believe they will do it. When you think about it, the deep state has gotten away with what they did to President Trump in 2016 and for the next four years. Sure, Republicans discovered what the Obama administration did when they weaponized law enforcement and intelligence agencies against a duly-elected president and with the exception of a fall guy, Kevin Clinesmith, they all got away with it, and no one went to prison.
A supposed “glitch” in the Dominion Voting Systems software that was discovered last week in Michigan allegedly switched 6,000 votes from Trump to Biden. That led to state Republican senators to demand a full audit of all ballots by Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and the state Board of Canvassers.
“President Trump won this election in a landslide,” Powell proclaimed. “It’s going to be irrefutable. Patriots are coming forward every day, all day, faster than we can collect their information.”
Powell mentioned that voting machines in assorted states had an update in the software either on Election Day or the night before. This is never done since those machines are supposedly pre-certified by election officials from the state. That software update was allegedly the so-called glitch that switched the votes.
“We’ve got statistical evidence of just hundreds of thousands of votes just being put in and replicated,” she said, calling for “a massive criminal investigation” she says will “affect millions of voters and elections.”
Powell said she doesn’t know if the DOJ or FBI are investigating accusations of fraud, but she did point out that Democrats have presented a lot of concerns about the Dominion software over the years, and yet, “nobody’s done a blooming thing about it.”
“The people in the election security part of the Department of Homeland Security need to be fired yesterday,” Powell said, including FBI Director Christopher Wray who seems to always side with defending the swamp than getting to the truth.
Powell mentioned that the FBI interviewed a whistleblower and that they tried “to intimidate him and try to get him to change his truthful testimony,” adding that the FBI is still “infected with politics.”
“This is essentially a new American Revolution,” Powell said. “And anybody who wants this country to remain free needs to step up right now.
“People need to come forward now and get on the right side of this issue and report the fraud they know existed in Dominion Voting Systems because that’s what it was created to do,” she said. “It was its sole original purpose, it has been used all over the world to defy the will of people who wanted freedom.”
Dobbs asked the former US Attorney if she believes this Dominion attack is just another attempt in the line of attacks on Trump to get rid of him.
“Oh, absolutely,” she responded. “It’s been organized and conducted with the help of Silicon Valley people, the big tech companies, the social media companies, and even the media companies. And I’m going to release the Kraken.”
She added: “I’m going to expose every one of them.”
Three Dominion employees whose products were used in multiple US States for the 2020 election, have come forward and are blowing the whistle about downright election theft committed by their company’s voting software. They are making claims that the software switched or erased 3.8 million Trump votes.
On a side note, last night I went to my state’s site where you can track meta data of people who voted in 2020, and I created a video of people who were born in 1800 yet voted, at the age of 220, in 2020.
And guess what? The state has since removed the damn page. Democrats are just plain evil!
John Ratcliffe, the director of national intelligence says he has been coordinating with Special Prosecutor John Durham in order to decide what documents can be declassified and released. This is terrible news for the Deep State because they have no way to stop them. They also don’t have Chris Wray because he can’t stop them either.
Ratcliffe has been investigating the beginning of the Russian collusion witch hunt. That is what Durham is investigating too, but there are documents that can be released. The documents that have already been released have been very revealing. They show that Obama and Biden both knew about the spying.
They also show that the FBI knew that Steele was very unreliable, but they used his material so they could spy on Trump. The FBI knew early on that there was no collusion but they were hoping to find anything they could use to depose him.
“The question now is did the FBI have a proper predicate to begin a counterintelligence investigation at all, and that’s the issue that John Durham is looking at, and also the issue that I’m continuing to look at.”
“I’m coordinating with him to make sure that he has the intelligence documents that he needs to do his work, and what I don’t want to do is declassify something that might prejudice his work so we’re going to have to coordinate as we go forward.”
John Durham is working on a large investigation into the origins of Spygate. He has now interviewed John Brennan and is expected to finish his investigation shortly. Durham has the power to bring charges and prosecute those who have committed crimes. No one can interfere.
He is looking into what the FBI’s motive was in opening an investigation into President Trump. In my opinion, they wanted to spy on Trump in the hope of catching him committing a crime. Trump did not oblige them. Now Durham is investigating to see if the investigation was strictly political.
The FBI claimed that Russia colluded with Trump to defeat Hillary. I don’t see why. They helped her get $145 million for the Clinton Foundation by aiding the Russians to buy 20% of all uranium mined in this country. Why buy milk when you already own the cow?
Grenell declassified information in footnotes from the Justice Department inspector general’s report on the FBI’s Trump investigation, which showed that the bureau had evidence that the Steele dossier may have contained disinformation planted by Russian intelligence officers.
Ratcliffe declassified an FBI memo of interviews with Igor Danchenko, the primary source for dossier author Christopher Steele. Danchenko’s statements to the FBI called into question the reliability of the dossier, which the FBI used to obtain surveillance warrants against Carter Page.
Ratcliffe says that he has been providing documents to Durham but he is not privy to Durham’s investigation. He is trying not to prejudice the investigation. He is following the guidance of Durham on the release of documents. Once his investigation is complete, document releases can move ahead quickly.
Durham’s investigation has already yielded one conviction. That was for FBI lawyer, Kevin Clinesmith. Clinesmith altered a document used in obtaining FISA warrants. There is a hint that Clinesmith made a plea bargain but there is no proof of that. But, he will serve no more than six months and sentencing has been delayed until December.
Durham has been silent on the results he is getting. That is how it should be. But, now he needs to indict those who tried to unseat a duly elected president.