We previously discussed allegations against FBI attorney Kevin Clinesmith, who played a key role in maintaining clandestine surveillance of Trump campaign advisors in the Russian investigation, including the falsification of a filing US attorney John Durham who is investigating the matter has announced that Clinesmith will now plead guilty to making a false statement. The implications of these criminal charges are enormous, but the media has embarked on a pattern of willful blindness to the increase in evidence of misconduct in the Russian investigation by FBI and DOJ numbers.
The Inspector General previously accused Clinesmith of changing an email on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page to be "not a source" for any other government agency. In fact, Page was a source for the CIA. This amended email was part of a third and final renewal request in 2017 to eavesdrop on Page under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Clinesmith expressly rejected Trump and after the election sent an email declaring "viva the resistance".
In particular, despite former Assistant Attorney General Rob Rosenstein's request for a full investigation, the Democrats have declined any further investigation into the Russian investigation. Both Rosenstein and former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates have stated that if they had known what they know today about the evidence to the contrary, they would not have approved classified surveillance requests. Yates also insisted that people should be held accountable for wrongdoing.
In particular, Michael Flynn's plea was widely referred to as the main conviction, although the agents themselves stated that they did not believe Flynn had deliberately lied. That was a lie about a lawful meeting of the incoming National Security Advisor, who set out the Trump administration's position in finding a new approach with the Russians. So few objections to false testimony from others were that they resulted in less than a month in prison, including George Papadopoulos, who received only 14 days. These requests were endlessly and breathlessly discussed in the media for evidence of criminality, although they did not show collusion with the Russians. This is a direct and serious forgery by a critical person in the Russian investigation. This is followed by the transfer on criminal charges against others like Andrew McCabe. None of this seems to matter as commentators and politicians refuse to continue investigating the matter.
I assisted the Special Counsel's investigation and the Durham investigation. That's why. We need to achieve full transparency and accountability. When does the media realize that there are serious misconduct issues that remain unresolved?