Sure he’s the smallest fish and the evidence against him was undeniable but finally one of these creeps is admitting guilt.
The headline at the Federalist is “Kevin Clinesmith, Corrupt FBI Attorney Who Falsified Carter Page FISA Warrant, Expected To Plead Guilty.”
Clinesmith was the attorney at the FBI who tampered with a document so that it looked like Carter Page had been in contact with Russian agents without US government sponsorship. In fact he had been working for the CIA and the FBI while in contact. This was used as evidence for a FISA Warrant.
Finally, finally, finally. Alright Clinesmith, now rat out the rest of the vermin and things will really get interesting.
Claremont Institute’s on-line magazine American Mind has had several good articles in the last few months. I am always interested in Angelo Codevilla’s thoughts. In this article he argues that the dangers we face from the unfettered power that the spymasters wield is already destroying the integrity of our government. For generations the FBI and CIA have used their power to topple foreign governments and in two cases have aimed at overthrowing a United States president, once successfully and once unsuccessfully.
This mirrors my thoughts in the recent post I wrote. It really needs to be the Supreme Court that strikes down the FISA Courts and the President must remove the most dangerous individuals in these agencies and replace them with law abiding civil servants. And, as I stressed before, the worst offenders need to be prosecuted and punished severely.
The IG’s Russiagate Report has been published and is available
Two of the recommendations seem to point at who Durham will be starting with:
The Department’s Office of Professional
Responsibility should review our findings related
to the conduct of Department attorney Bruce Ohr
for any action it deems appropriate. Ohr’s
current supervisors in CRM should also review
our findings related to Ohr’s performance for any
action they deem appropriate.
The FBI should review the performance of all
employees who had responsibility for the
preparation, Woods review, or approval of the
FISA applications, as well as the managers,
supervisors, and senior officials in the chain of
command of the Carter Page investigation for
any action it deems appropriate.
The first recommendation is specific to Bruce Ohr.
The second one is for the Carter Page FISA team. Looks like those are the sacrificial lambs. Barr and Durham, go get ’em.
post script – Durham says he has more and better info than the IG:
Go get ’em Mr. Durham!
post post script
And Barr also says “not so fast!”
Go get ’em Mr. Barr.
Francey Hakes, a former assistant U.S. attorney weighs in on the seriousness and the likelihood that abuse of power was involved in the FISA warrants used against the Trump campaign figures. She has experience with the process having herself appeared before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court during her career, presenting applications for counterterrorism and counterespionage warrants on a special detail to the Department of Justice Office of Intelligence Policy and Review.
Take a look.
Attkisson was spied on by the Obama Justice Department because of her sources in the Intelligence community and she knows quite a bit about how and why. She points out that Flynn as the former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency under Obama knew what was going on and was supposed to clean up the FISA malfeasance. And that’s why he was targeted.