By Duncan Smith
In case you missed it — and you likely did if all you do is watch and read ‘mainstream’ media outlets — U.S. Attorney John Durham is about to get his first ‘Spygate’ conviction.
Next week, former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith will plead guilty to one count of falsifying a FISA court application.
It’s not clear how much time Clinesmith, who hid the fact that former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, the Spygate target, was a CIA asset, will have to do behind bars, if any.
But what seems clear is that he’s just the first of other convictions yet to come.
The Washington Times reported:
President Trump and legal scholars say the first prosecution from U.S. Attorney John Durham's review of the Russian collusion probe has set the stage for more dramatic revelations, though the guilty plea in the first case didn't add much to what was already known about the Obama administration's Justice Department.
Former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith is set to plead guilty next week to making false statements, admitting in early 2017 he altered an email to say former Trump campaign aide Carter Page was not a source for the CIA, when, in fact, he was. …
Ensnaring Clinesmith on false statements charge may be nabbing low-hanging fruit. But veteran prosecutors say it is an important tool for federal investigators to compel key witnesses to tell the truth and flip or face consequences.
'This is how you work your way up the ladder,' said Andrew Leipold, a law professor at the University of Illinois and a former member of the team assembled by independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr to investigate President Clinton.
'It's a time-honored practice that to get to the big fish that pulled the trigger, you work your way up,' he said.
The president's allies had hoped Mr. Durham would net bigger fish, in particular ex-FBI Director James Comey, former FBI Deputy Andrew McCabe or disgraced anti-Trump FBI agent Peter Strozk. As of yet, there is no public evidence that any of the three are targets of Mr. Durham.
That’s okay; there was “no public evidence” that Durham was after anyone before the Clinesmith guilty plea was announced.
In fact, Durham might be running the most leak-proof investigation in modern history.
We’ll see. But President Trump remains confident.
'So that's just the beginning, I imagine. Because what happened should never happen again,' he told reporters in the White House briefing room. 'Terrible thing. The fact is they spied on my campaign and got caught.'
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