Former FBI Attorney and member of Mueller Special Counsel team Kevin Clinesmth appeared in federal court in the District of Columbia today and entered a plea of guilty to the one-count Information filed against him by US Attorney John Durham last Friday.
Andrew Weissmann is likely nervous that Clinesmith has 'spilled the beans' about his 8-month tenure on the Mueller team. From the article:
It remains to be seen whether Clinesmith has anything meaningful to provide to Durham. I suspect he does. It might not be evidence of “criminality” of the actions by either investigators or prosecutors on the Mueller SCO team.
But Clinesmith worked with the Mueller SCO team up until February 2018 — a period of 8 months after Mueller was appointed. He certainly can provide Durham with an “insider’s” account of the conversations and attitudes that existed. There is no privilege that applies.
THAT, in my opinion, is what Weissmann is trying so desperately to prevent from happening.
BREAKING: Ex-Asst FBI General Counsel Kevin Clinesmith cops to 1 felony ct in DC court, swearing he "knowingly" & intentionally altered CIA email which made it look like Trump adviser Carter Page, a CIA source, was guilty of being a Russian agent in FISA warrant. He faces 0-6 mos— Paul Sperry (@paulsperry_) August 19, 2020
The wheels of justice are turning.— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) August 19, 2020
It is imperative we restore trust to a broken system and the only way that is possible is for people to be held accountable for their actions.
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#Durham Former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith pleads guilty 1 count false statements, but key exchange goes to intent. Judge Boasberg: Did you read + understand this document before you signed it. Clinesmith: I did your honor. Judge Boasberg: This document actually sets forth the...— Catherine Herridge (@CBS_Herridge) August 19, 2020
an email to add the language + "not a source" in regard to individual one (Carter Page) + you knew that (garbled) statement was not in fact true. (20 second pause) Judge Boasberg: I'm not sure whether you are confering with your client, I didn’t hear a response to that question.— Catherine Herridge (@CBS_Herridge) August 19, 2020
inserted that information. Boasberg: In other words, you agree that you intentionally altered the email to include information that was not originally in the email. Clinesmith: Yes your honor. #Clinesmith @CBSNews— Catherine Herridge (@CBS_Herridge) August 19, 2020
After Weissmann called on DOJ attorneys not to assist investigations by the Justice Department, Clinesmith pleaded guilty. That would ordinarily cause embarrassment for someone who has sought to hinder the investigation. Not Weissmann. https://t.co/vrVq2A7lYo— Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) August 16, 2020
Top Mueller prosecutor Andrew Weissmann misled MSNBC viewers yesterday, on their upgraded 2-hour, hit show with Nicolle Wallace, claiming special counsel Robert Mueller testified that he did not think Trump's written answers were truthful - https://t.co/LoYb1op7qx -- @dcexaminer— Daniel Chaitin (@danielchaitin7) August 19, 2020