By Duncan Smith
It’s taken far too long — four years — but finally someone is going to be found guilty of illegally spying on the 2016 Trump campaign.
Former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith has agreed to plead guilty to one count of falsifying documents in the deep state’s efforts to keep Donald Trump out of the White House.
Former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith will plead guilty 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, two sources close to the matter tell Fox News.
Clinesmith was referred for potential prosecution by the Justice Department’s inspector general’s office, which conducted its own review of the Russia investigation.
Specifically, 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. Page has said he was a source for the CIA. The DOJ relied on that assertion as it submitted a third and final renewal application in 2017 to eavesdrop on Page under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
Clinesmith is being charged in federal court in Washington and is expected to plead guilty to one count of making a false statement, his attorney Justin Shur told The Associated Press.
“Kevin deeply regrets having altered the email. It was never his intent to mislead the court or his colleagues as he believed the information he relayed was accurate. But Kevin understands what he did was wrong and accepts responsibility,” Shur later said in a statement.
President Trump, noting the case at the top of a Friday press conference, called the individual 'corrupt' and predicted the charge is 'just the beginning.'
'The fact is they spied on my campaign and they got caught. And you'll be hearing more,' he said.
Yes, Mr. President, they sure did.
But Clinesmith is a minor player. We want the bigger fish, like the officials who were directing his actions.
This is, however, a start.
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