Former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith has officially pleaded guilty in U.S. Attorney John Durham’s investigation into the origins of the Russia probe.
According to Fox News:
Former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court 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.
U.S. District Judge for the District of Columbia James Boasberg accepted the plea. Clinesmith’s sentencing date has been set for Dec. 10 at 11 a.m. ET.
Clinesmith was referred for potential prosecution by the Justice Department’s inspector general’s office, which conducted its own review of the Russia investigation.
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.
Boasberg just said that, based on the law and the evidence and Kevin Clinesmith's statement, he accepts Clinesmith's guilty plea for doctoring evidence in a FISA warrant application against Carter Page and finds Clinesmith guilty of one count in violation of 18 U.S.C. 1001.
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) August 19, 2020
BREAKING: Kevin Clinesmith plead guilty. Judge accepts plea.
— Svetlana (@RealSLokhova) August 19, 2020
The Federalist has more on Clinesmith’s actions:
Clinesmith’s deliberate falsification of a federal spy warrant was first revealed last December following a lengthy investigation by the Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of the Inspector General (OIG), headed by Michael Horowitz. Horowitz and his team wrote in a 434-page report that Clinesmith — identified in the report as “OGC Attorney” — altered an email from a separate U.S. federal agency, believed to be the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), to falsely state that Page had never worked with the CIA to investigate suspected Russia agents operating within the U.S. In fact, as Clinesmith was told by the operative, Page had worked with the CIA previously, as well as with the FBI.
According to the OIG report, Clinesmith “[o]mitted Page’s prior relationship with another U.S. government agency, despite being reminded by the other agency in June 2017, prior to the filing of the final [FISA warrant] renewal application, about Page’s past status with that other agency.”
“Instead of including this information in the final renewal application,” the OIG report stated, Clinesmith “altered an email from the other agency so that the email stated that Page was ‘not a source’ for the other agency, which the FBI affiant relied upon in signing the final renewal application.”
Attorney General Bill Barr has stated there will be more developments are on the way from this investigation.