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Mueller lawyer with anti-Trump bias is ex-FBI official facing FISA criminal investigation
Washington Examiner ^ | November 22, 2019 04:46 PM | Updated Nov 22, 2019, 05:21 PM | Daniel Chaitin & Jerry Dunleavy

Posted on 11/22/2019 4:35:50 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum

The FBI lawyer who is under criminal investigation for allegedly falsifying a document related to the surveillance of a Trump campaign adviser expressed negative opinions of President Trump in messages to colleagues.

Kevin Clinesmith, who once was part of special counsel Robert Mueller's team, has been identified as the attorney who could face a criminal charge as part of U.S. Attorney John Durham's expansive criminal investigation into the origins of the Russia inquiry, according to the New York Times.

As part of the Justice Department watchdog's now-completed investigation into alleged surveillance abuses, Clinesmith was found to have altered an email that was used by officials as they prepared an application renewal to present before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to obtain a warrant to electronically surveil Carter Page, a onetime foreign policy adviser for the Trump campaign.

Clinesmith was an attorney with the FBI’s National Security and Cyber Law Branch and worked under FBI General Counsel James Baker and Deputy General Counsel Trisha Anderson. He had worked on the Clinton email investigation as well as the Trump-Russia probe and resigned two months ago after being interviewed by DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz's team, who sent a referral to Durham, the prosecutor from Connecticut tasked with reviewing the Russia case by Attorney General William Barr.

Horowitz's investigators found Clinesmith falsely asserted he had documentation to back up a claim while in talks with the Justice Department about the factual basis for a FISA warrant application renewal. He then took an email from an official from another agency that contained multiple factual assertions, added material of his own, and gave it to a fellow FBI official who was preparing an affidavit for the Page case.

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1 posted on 11/22/2019 4:35:50 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

The Swamp’s scapegoat has been chosen


2 posted on 11/22/2019 4:36:36 PM PST by MNJohnnie (They would have to abandon leftism to achieve sanity. Freeper Olog-hai)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

This is my surprised face...


3 posted on 11/22/2019 4:41:01 PM PST by vpintheak (Leftists are full of "Love, peace" and bovine squeeze.)
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To: MNJohnnie

He’s small potatoes.


4 posted on 11/22/2019 4:41:56 PM PST by miserare ( Indict Hillary!)
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To: MNJohnnie

Hope he’s a flipper.


5 posted on 11/22/2019 4:42:46 PM PST by pnut22
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To: pnut22

Hope he’s a flipper.

why would Durham open a criminal investigation over this..he even admitted doing it so what more is there to investigate?


6 posted on 11/22/2019 4:45:32 PM PST by janetjanet998
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To: All

Code named = Corn Pop


7 posted on 11/22/2019 4:45:46 PM PST by AnthonySoprano
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To: MNJohnnie

“The Swamp’s scapegoat has been chosen”

Yup.


8 posted on 11/22/2019 4:45:50 PM PST by ought-six (Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Tom Hagen: When a plot against the Emperor failed... the plotters were always given a chance... to let their families keep their fortunes. Right?
Frank Pentangeli: Yeah, but only the rich guys, Tom. The little guys got knocked off and all their estates went to the Emperors. Unless they went home and killed themselves, then nothing happened. And the families... the families were taken care of.
Tom Hagen: That was a good break. A nice deal.
Frank Pentangeli: Yeah... They went home... and sat in a hot bath... opened up their veins... and bled to death... and sometimes they had a little party before they did it.
— Frank Pentangeli


9 posted on 11/22/2019 4:46:35 PM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Trump didn’t want an AG, he wanted a consigliere.)
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To: miserare

Yeah. Small fish. The big ones will probably swim away.


10 posted on 11/22/2019 4:46:46 PM PST by HighSierra5
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To: AnthonySoprano

Clinesmith had made an abundance of Hate Trump Texts in the last IG report that went nowhere.


11 posted on 11/22/2019 4:47:14 PM PST by AnthonySoprano
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

The designated sacrificial victim has been chosen-I hope he flips with enough info to hook a bigger fish...


12 posted on 11/22/2019 4:47:58 PM PST by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys-you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: MNJohnnie

Yep. He pays. The rest walk free.


13 posted on 11/22/2019 4:48:50 PM PST by tennmountainman (The Liberals Are Baby Killers)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

This ‘breaking news’ is about as much ‘fake news’ as one can get.

Who on this and similar sites doesn’t think this was fairly obvious long about the time the ‘hired whores to pee on BOs bed’ was made public.

The more ‘we’ heard about the ‘Dossier’ and its use in FISA warrants knew this was BS....Now, 3 years later the ‘world’ is treating this as some kind of breaking, shocking news.

Like one of them said, the Libs are just bleeding this out to take the shock out of the findings (so MAYBE the report is coming out????)

Remember when the WJC impeachment process was taking out that just about every other day a new ‘bimbo eruption’ or dastardly deed by WJC was aired...


14 posted on 11/22/2019 4:49:14 PM PST by xrmusn (6/98"HRC is the Grandmother that lures Hansel & Gretel to the pot")
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To: MNJohnnie

I don’t think a 500 page IG Report the size of a phone book is for this one small fry. Sarah Carter and John Solomon said from their sources there’s multiple criminal referrals in it. This is the MSM doing damage control to demoralize Trump supporters and lower expectations.


15 posted on 11/22/2019 4:50:00 PM PST by White MAGA Man
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16 posted on 11/22/2019 4:50:24 PM PST by Vendome (I've Gotta Be Me https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BB0ndRzaz2o)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Small fry but it’s easy to grasp and sets a tone. It points to problems at higher levels.


17 posted on 11/22/2019 4:51:54 PM PST by Yardstick
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

The title is redundant, ALL Mueller’s crew had a bias against Trump.
Starr’s team had some Dems on it. One of them resigned in protest at one point.


18 posted on 11/22/2019 4:52:44 PM PST by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat/RINO Party!)
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To: White MAGA Man

What IG past report have u been satisfied with?


19 posted on 11/22/2019 4:53:39 PM PST by tennmountainman (The Liberals Are Baby Killers)
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To: tennmountainman

if you are so cynical, folks, then it is up to you to start applying the pressure for multiple indictments.


20 posted on 11/22/2019 4:57:11 PM PST by MAGAthon
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