It Begins!

What type of gift should one get for a disgraced Fed? How about soap on a rope?

All aboard!

Not stated is that this is a felony. The potential sentence is eight years. In addition, with a felony conviction. Bye-bye law license. He isn’t going to do eight years, but he is going to do time. There is no probation or suspended sentence in the Federal system. This is a signal.

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.

Here is the US Code as cited in the complaint.

18 U.S. Code § 1001.Statements or entries generally

(a)Except as otherwise provided in this section, whoever, in any matter within the jurisdiction of the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of the Government of the United States, knowingly and willfully—

(3)makes or uses any false writing or document knowing the same to contain any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or entry;shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 5 years or, if the offense involves international or domestic terrorism (as defined in section 2331), imprisoned not more than 8 years, or both. If the matter relates to an offense under chapter 109A, 109B, 110, or 117, or section 1591, then the term of imprisonment imposed under this section shall be not more than 8 years.

Go back to the original FISA warrant. Look at the endorsement page. The FBI “affiant” on a search warrant is just one among many. This is unlike how the state and local cops do search warrants. I know I’ve probably written five hundred of them and assisted or reviewed at least that many.

This post was written back in 2016. It has origins going back to 2008. Back then the NYPD Police Commissioner complained that the federal FISA review process was so convoluted, had so many layers of review that investigators were unable to respond to events in a timely fashion. Clinesmith was part of that review process. How did that work out?

I would point out that the attorney bimbo, Lisa Page, worked under Strzok. She admitted that she signed off as having reviewed a FISA application. But she really hadn’t. The affidavit came to her out of sequence. When she saw that her boss had already signed off, she didn’t bother to review the application. She signed it indicating that she had. Hell of a vetting process you got there… shame if something happened to it.

Clinesmith has agreed to plead guilty prior to indictment. That is worth brownie points in the Federal system. He has taken responsibility for his actions. There is only one element left in the Federal trifecta of determining a sentencing recommendation. That is called substantial cooperation, an agreement to provide information and testify. Hint, the FEDS trade up, never down. It’s going to be a really shitty weekend for some folks in D.C.

The train is fixing to leave the station. Clinesmith is onboard. Durham is shouting “All aboard!” Barr is driving the train and tooting the whistle. The only question that remains is who is going to get on board and who is going to get run over?