Durham Investigation makes First Criminal Charge

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Former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith got a slap on the wrist after pleading guilty to making a false statement in the first criminal case from now-Special Counsel John Durham’s investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe. U.S. District Judge for D.C. James Boasberg said during Clinesmith’s sentencing hearing that he suffered by losing his job and standing in the eye of a media hurricane. Clinesmith was sentenced to 12 months of probation, 400 hours of community service, and no fine. Prosecutors were asking Clinesmith to serve a few months of jail time.

The inspector general accused Clinesmith of changing an email about former Trump adviser Carter Page to say he “was not a source” for another government agency. Page has confirmed he was a source for the CIA. The Department of Justice relied on Clinesmith’s claim as it submitted a third application in 2017 to listen in on Page under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

Fox News reports:

The Justice Department’s charging document stated that Clinesmith “did willfully and knowingly make and use a false writing and document, knowing the same to contain a materially false, fictitious, and fraudulent statement and entry in a matter before the jurisdiction of the executive branch and judicial branch of the Government of the United States.”

The document said he altered another official’s June 2017 email to say Page (referred to as “Individual #1”) was “not a source” when the original email did not contain those words.

Clinesmith, though, is the first and only criminal charge thus far stemming from Durham’s investigation, which began in May 2019, shortly after special counsel Robert Mueller completed his yearlong investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians to influence the 2016 presidential election.

Mueller’s investigation yielded no evidence of criminal conspiracy or coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian officials during the 2016 election.

Mueller’s investigation produced no evidence of coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian officials during the 2016 election despite months of baseless accusations. In December, former Attorney General Bill Barr appointed Durham as special counsel to continue investigating the origins of the Russia probe through the Biden Administration.

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Ben Matthews
Ben Matthews
1 year ago

This Durham report is a joke. The FBI need’s to be investigated & ‘disbanded’, completely corrupted & compromised, by Deep-state operatives… just 👀 at their ‘slow-walk investigation’ of the Bidens, even when evidence is handed over to them? Do ya really need ‘law-enforcement’ in a banana-republic…❓

Adrian Maclean
Adrian Maclean
1 year ago
Reply to  Ben Matthews

America is becoming the laughing stock of the world.

kbhret
kbhret
1 year ago
Reply to  Adrian Maclean

WE ARE A JOY BEHART KIND OF COUNTRY
WE ARE A MADONNA KIND OF COUNTRY
WE ARE AN ALEC BALDWIN KIND OF COUNTRY
WE ARE A STEVIE COLBERT KIND OF AMERICA
WE ARE A NANCY PELOSI KIND OF AMERICA
SEE THE PATTERN…… WE ARE BECOMING A MORON KIND OF AMERICA

tome-wallace
tome-wallace
1 year ago
Reply to  Ben Matthews

this sentence is for kindergarten kids….PLEASE don’t waste our taxpayers’ bloody money…..get real….please!

bob d
bob d
1 year ago
Reply to  tome-wallace

And you propose?……………………………

Ben is correct.

Toots
Toots
1 year ago
Reply to  Ben Matthews

I agree fbi cia doj are criminal cartels. Nothing to do with justice and law

kbhret
kbhret
1 year ago
Reply to  Toots

remember….
in federal law enforcement…. :A TEAM PLAYER IS AN AGENT WHO NEVER DISAGREES WITH HIS SUPERVISORS”

dave holt
dave holt
1 year ago
Reply to  Ben Matthews

This was an act of false witness; evil in itself; not like breaking the speed limit to get emergency help for a loved one.

Ilene Mills
1 year ago
Reply to  Ben Matthews

I agree totally the whole FBI and people right at the top are all CORUPT

toots
toots
1 year ago
Reply to  Ilene Mills

Not just the top, it is throughout the agency

toots
toots
1 year ago
Reply to  Ben Matthews

The FBI DOJ CIA are all dirty. They only make up crimes to bring to heel the enemy of their destruction of America – which they have completed. Well to Communist Chinas satellite state USA

flashy0ne
flashy0ne
1 year ago

This was handled like a parking ticket. This misrepresentation allowed the “Russia, Russia” investigation to continue and cost the American Taxpayer over $10,000,000 (that’s ten million dollars). And for this, he gats a wrist slap — contrast this travesty of justice with the fits and starts of the Flynn investigation — a judge (Sullivan) who wouldn’t give up even though the DOJ ADMITTED they had NO case. Why don’t we get POLITICS out of the Justice System ???

Stephenie Sporcich
Stephenie Sporcich
1 year ago
Reply to  flashy0ne

Amen

toots
toots
1 year ago
Reply to  flashy0ne

Total joke, don’t bother doing any investigating – just sit on your hinnys and do nothing. Mueller investigation was the same crap different day. All the Senators and House members knew it was a farce and yet did and said nothing.

Toots
Toots
1 year ago

Should be going to prison for treason along with comey, McCabe, clapper, Brennan, Obama, Clinton but we know there is no law or justice except for the lies that President Trump was charged with which everyone in house and senate was a fraud and willingly tore our country apart. Now we have voter fraud and everyone supremes senator judges military all decided they weren’t going to even look at evidence. Now we have jo and ho the communist and China and anyone paying Biden family as our masters.

angiemiceli
angiemiceli
1 year ago
Reply to  Toots

Send Clinton, and especially the ass of the world, crooked Comey to prison, let him be the bitch that he is.

Walter Deveau
Walter Deveau
1 year ago

Why did Michael Flynn get sent to prison then?

Oh yeah, he isn’t a corrupt demonrat!!!

gerald
gerald
1 year ago

why is no one going to jail???

StanB
StanB
1 year ago
Reply to  gerald

Because it would embarrass Barry and his corrupt FBI, CIA and DOJ.

Tommy Howard
1 year ago
Reply to  StanB

Little gay Barry and big Mike

bobbie
bobbie
1 year ago
Reply to  Tommy Howard

Barry himself should be going to jail. He orchestrated all of this then had his hencmen carry it out.

StanB
StanB
1 year ago

Wow, that kind of sentencing would certainly deter anyone from ever doing something like falsifying a government report. I mean, can you even fathom having to live with a years probation, the horror of it.

LynnJohnson
LynnJohnson
1 year ago
Reply to  StanB

Very sad

Rolando Perez
Rolando Perez
1 year ago

A Slap on the Risk! Hilarious

Sage
Sage
1 year ago

This is unbelievable. Still think there is not a two-tiered justice system in the US, think again.

bobbie
bobbie
1 year ago

WHY make this criminal charge. YOU DID NOT do anything about it. There are a lot of people who should be in prison right now because of these dastardly deeds, include Clinesmith!! Just what is a slap on the wrist for a crime this huge??? The American people are not pleased about this!!! Is Horowitz in bed with the democrats and wants to keep protecting them???

Patty
Patty
1 year ago

“James Boasberg said during Clinesmith’s sentencing hearing that he suffered by losing his job and standing in the eye of a media hurricane.”

What about TRUMP? What about HIS reputation and standing, he did NOTHING wrong.

Steven Pike
Steven Pike
1 year ago

Durham’s investigation will die out and disappear, having produced a single swamp critter. It was not a gator, not a snake, not even a lizard. He managed to bag one mosquito, and that one got away.

wvcitizen 3
1 year ago

Glad the most upstanding, honorable, honest, forthright, and supporters of the Constitution led and were involved in the investigation. The coup attempt was thoroughly investigated to find a low level patsy. Onward and downward! Success!!!! Investigation completed!

Robert Buchanan
Robert Buchanan
1 year ago

If Durham doesn’t do the right thing which I believe he will not & indite the criminals from the FBI, DOJ & CIA who are trying to over throw the Govt i believe he will be the trigger to set in motion a private citizens army which is what the worry about. It’s why we have fences & NG Troops in Washington. Hell, what does it matter this guy go off with a slap on the wrist & Biden but Hunters attorneys law partner as head of the justice dept that is over looking Hunters case. What a joke this whole thing is.

sick of Politics
sick of Politics
1 year ago

Where has Durham gone? Seems he’s missing in action. Since barr step down, he threw Durham to the wolves. POS! Made Durham the fall guy if anything come out about this democrat corruption. Made Durham the one to take the heat. Frigging WIMP! Now I guess Durham is fearing for his life somewhere. Probably will get CLINTIONIZED if he’s not careful. You can thank BALL LESS Barr for that Durham! Guess he will fade away into the sunset with nothing else to report. Millions of dollars wasted on a year’s probation for a crooked ass lawyer protected by the elite cabal! WOW!

kbhret
kbhret
1 year ago

“At the time I believed the information I was providing in the email was accurate, but I am agreeing that the information I inserted into the email was not already there,” Clinesmith said.

C’mon Man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This scumbag just admitted culpability!!!!!!!!!!!!
He lied in the first part of his statement in an effort to minimize the wrongdoing in the second part of his statement.
POLYGRAPH HIS AZZ AND LETS SEE IF HE “REALLY BELIEVED THE THE INFORMATION HE INSERTED IN THE EMAIL WAS ACCURATE.”
I BET MY PENSION HE WILL SHOW ‘D-E-C-E-P-T-I-O-N’ ON THAT QUESTION.
BUT NO FBI POLYGRAPHERS ALLOWED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sue
Sue
1 year ago

Is the DOJ joking?!?!?! You mean to say that Durham could only come up with a slap on the wrist kind of punishment for Clinesmith??? And we waited for nearly two years to hear that verdict??? Holy mackerel! Durham makes turtles look like speedy animals!!

Madinky
Madinky
1 year ago
Reply to  Sue

Slap on the wrist??? More like a kiss on the a**. Trump must know something really bad about these hoodlums to have them so scared of him. I hope he reveals whatever he knows. He has done nothing wrong for them to want to bare him from office so badly.

Alice
Alice
1 year ago

Durham has no intentions of arresting any of those thugs! He’s only there for the money.

angiemiceli
angiemiceli
1 year ago
Reply to  Alice

Lets get Trump to be the president…he won.

Pgb
Pgb
1 year ago

Yep, just another example of our two tiered “justice” system!

wayne capurro
wayne capurro
1 year ago

It should be titled: Durham Investigation makes Last Criminal Charge!

Malia
Malia
1 year ago

If there was any justice in this country Clinesmith would be disbarred – knowingly submitting fraudulent information and misleading the court. The DOJ, CIA FBI, Judicial… are complicit. God help us – the DOJ didn’t.

Malia
Malia
1 year ago

Now that we know conclusively that the Russia hoax was a smoke screen by Hillary (who paid for the dossier) to cover up the missing emails re: Benghazi – why isn’t anyone asking about the Hillary Clinton, Susan Rice, Obama admin…cover up regarding Benghazi? What is in the emails that they went to this extent to cover up?

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