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guilty plea for FBI lawyer
« Reply #1250 on: August 15, 2020, 09:53:39 AM »
small fry but something I guess
he probably will get house arrest
so long as he talks.

MSM as far as I know will either not mention at all or only for less than 30 seconds or on page 82 just so they can deny they ignore and can say they are nonpartisan and "covered this"



https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/victoria-taft/2020/08/14/boom-fbi-russiagate-lawyer-who-lied-about-carter-page-in-fisa-document-to-plead-guilty-n792389

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Re: The Russian conspiracy, Comey, Mueller, and related matters
« Reply #1251 on: August 15, 2020, 10:02:58 AM »
Maybe they are announcing him to pressure others to rat out others.

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Re: The Russian conspiracy, Comey, Mueller, and related matters
« Reply #1252 on: August 15, 2020, 11:24:57 AM »
Maybe they are announcing him to pressure others to rat out others.

We shall see.

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Re: The Russian conspiracy, Comey, Mueller, and related matters
« Reply #1253 on: August 16, 2020, 08:39:47 AM »
Maybe they are announcing him to pressure others to rat out others.
We shall see.

Yes.  Getting one FBI lawyer is (hopefully) not the intended endgame. 

https://justthenews.com/accountability/russia-and-ukraine-scandals/bringing-first-russiagate-charge-durham-hints-other
In bringing first Russiagate charge, Durham hints at other crimes
Prosecutor unveils evidence FBI knew before first FISA warrant in 2016 that Carter Page worked with CIA, wasn't a Russia stooge, and didn't inform court.

By John Solomon
Updated: August 15, 2020 - 9:47am

Spygate, once derided by media and political elites as a fringe conspiracy theory, is now fact thanks to a court filing that confirms an ex-FBI lawyer who disliked President Trump falsified evidence that was used to keep surveillance against Trump associates going.

U.S. Attorney John Durham filed the felony charge Friday against Kevin Clinesmith, and the ex-FBI assistant general counsel is expected to plead guilty soon and cooperate with the ongoing investigation of the Russia investigators.

That alone is significant, since Clinesmith was witness to other controversial moments in the failed Trump-Russia collusion probe, including an operation to spy on the future president during a counterintelligence briefing in summer 2016.


But within the four-plus page criminal information filed in U.S. District Court, Durham also laid out evidence of an additional crime that could be prosecuted in the coming weeks.

The court filing notes that Clinesmith "willfully and knowingly" altered a document in June 2017 to falsely claim that Trump campaign adviser Carter Page — one of the main targets of the Russia collusion probe and identified in the court document as "Individual #1" — was not a source for the CIA, identified in the court documents as "Other Government Agency" or "OGA." In reality, Page was a CIA asset.

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 Clinesmith-Document-2020-08-14.pdf
The filing says Clinesmith's misdeed caused the FBI to mislead the Justice Department and the FISA court when filing an application for the last of four surveillance warrants that targeted Page for over a year.


But Durham also reveals in the filing that the FBI Crossfire Hurricane team — led by since-fired Agent Peter Strzok — had already been told of Page's relationship with the CIA all the way back in August 2016 and failed to tell the FISA court that essential information about Page before the three prior FISA warrants were approved.

Such a failure is known as a material omission because the FBI was claiming they believed Page was an agent of Russia when in fact he was an asset of the U.S. government helping to inform on Russian intelligence targets. In other words, had the FBI not omitted the truth, the judges would have known before they approved even the first FISA warrant that Page was a CIA-handled source, not a Russian stooge.


Here's how Durham worded the account:

"On Aug 17, 2016, prior to the approval of FISA #1, the OGA (CIA) provided certain members of the Crossfire Hurricane team a memorandum indicating that Individual #1 (Page) had been approved as an operational contact for the OGA (CIA) from 2008 to 2013 and detailing information that Individual #1 (Page) had provided to the OGA (CIA) concerning Individual #1's prior contacts with certain Russian intelligence officers. The first three FISA applications did not include Individual #1's history or status with the OGA (CIA)."

Several experts said Durham's inclusion of the earlier notification signals he has concerns others may also have been involved in deceiving the court.


"It's more than an oversight. Whether the omission was purposeful or not, it is a fraud on the court," said Kevin Brock, the FBI's former assistant director for intelligence and the man who created many of the procedures the bureau employs with confidential human sources in national security investigations.

"At the risk of sounding like Captain Obvious, I think it is clear that Durham is positioning a deeper dive into this issue of FISA application abuse," Brock added.

Earlier inspector general reports also revealed that Clinesmith engaged in the exchange of some anti-Trump text messages, adding to the portrait of a lawyer who doctored a document.

In one instance the day after Trump won, Clinesmith texted this anti-Trump, anti-Mike Pence screed: "The crazies won finally. This is the tea party on steroids. And the GOP is going to be lost, they have to deal with an incumbent in 4 years. We have to fight this again. Also Pence is stupid," he wrote in a text quoted by the inspector general.


A lawyer for Clinesmith on Friday offered an apology for his client's action ahead of his guilty plea, but suggested Clinesmith didn't intend to mislead the court when he altered the CIA document.

Brock dismissed that argument.

"The fact that the bureau was advised even before the first application that Carter Page was a source of the CIA and chose not to include it for the first three applications undercuts that argument," the retired FBI executive said. "It stretches credulity that Clinesmith would claim he believed he was providing accurate information. They already knew it was inaccurate."

Brock isn't alone in the view that Durham has tipped his hand to future prosecutions.


Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), whose work in Congress unraveled many of the abuses in the FBI Russia probe, noted that Clinesmith was also identified in FBI documents as being involved in an August 2016 episode in which the FBI inserted an agent into one of Trump's first counterintelligence briefings to spy on the future president.

"Those who orchestrated, enabled and amplified the bogus Russia collusion saga must face a reckoning, and those who violated the law must face justice," Grassley said. "Thanks to recent declassifications, we now know that the same FBI lawyer who doctored evidence to push for spying authority on Trump's campaign was also intimately involved in plans to co-opt intel briefings to spy on Trump himself. Today, he is being held to account."


Grassley urged Durham to keep pressing ahead "for the good of our nation."

"His team must continue to provide transparency into this multi-year, multimillion-dollar debacle," the veteran senator said.
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Brennan again
« Reply #1254 on: August 23, 2020, 07:59:37 AM »
pretending to be apolitical
self righteous as always

hopes Durham will be apolitical (of course like the Senate Intelligence Committee and Mueller gang of Democrat lawyers)

in other words if Durham finds anything against him or his accomplices  there is only one conclusion
from Brennan - it was all political to begin with.

Durham must find that Brennan was justified and correct the whole time - otherwise you , Durham area a political tool a  hack.

Not like himself - above the fray

I forgot which network is Brennan receiving money from ?

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/bronsonstocking/2020/08/22/durhams-team-questioned-brennan-for-8-hours-over-cias-trump-russia-activities-n2574870



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No politics - just "Rule of Law"
« Reply #1257 on: September 01, 2020, 04:57:29 AM »

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Re: No politics - just "Rule of Law"
« Reply #1258 on: September 01, 2020, 05:42:24 AM »
from 8 Democrat judges

was Merrick Garland one ?

https://www.nationalreview.com/2020/09/michael-flynn-case-dc-circuit-rules-against-mandamus-case/

The vote was 8-2.  I wonder which 2 will end up on the Supreme Court.

After pursuing every other possibility, Judge Sullivan will do the right thing.

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WSJ: Time to pardon Flynn (Marc: After the election or now?)
« Reply #1259 on: September 01, 2020, 08:21:55 AM »
More Torture for Michael Flynn
The D.C. Circuit goes to great lengths to keep his prosecution going.
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Updated Sept. 1, 2020 8:44 am ET
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Michael Flynn leaves the federal court following a status conference in Washington, D.C., Sept. 10, 2019.
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One test of a judicial ruling in a controversial case is whether it would have come out the same way if the defendant’s name were John Doe. On that measure, among others, it’s hard to credit as legally justified Monday’s appellate court ruling against former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

In an en banc appeal, the full D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals vacated a writ of mandamus issued by a court panel on behalf of Mr. Flynn. The writ had ordered Judge Emmet Sullivan to grant the Justice Department’s request to dismiss the prosecution of Mr. Flynn on grounds that the original case had no legal basis. Mr. Flynn sought the writ after Judge Sullivan refused to grant the motion to dismiss,

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The en banc appeal of a writ is all but unheard of, but then the D.C. Circuit these days is stacked with liberals appointed by Barack Obama. In an unsigned opinion, the en banc court ducked the essence of the panel ruling, which concerned judicial meddling in the executive branch’s prosecution power. Instead the en banc judges made a procedural case that the harm to the separation of powers was “speculative” because Judge Sullivan hadn’t yet issued a formal ruling in the case. This also let the court claim the Flynn case was different from D.C. Circuit precedents, notably the 2016 Fokker Services ruling by chief judge Sri Srinivasan.

But as Judge Karen Henderson noted in dissent, there is no case on record in which a judge sought a Rule 35 en banc appeal of a mandamus ruling that essentially makes himself a party to the case. She also pointed out that, “From early on in this case, the trial judge [Judge Sullivan] has demonstrated a pattern of conduct that, taken together, raises serious concerns about the appearance of impartiality.”

At a plea hearing, he mused without evidence that Mr. Flynn might have committed treason and asserted his “disdain” and “disgust” for Mr. Flynn’s actions. A former judge whom Judge Sullivan hired for advice on the motion to dismiss had written an anti-Flynn op-ed.

Judge Sullivan has even suggested he could second-guess the Justice Department’s dismissal motion by investigating if career prosecutors disagreed with political appointees in the case. This is an unconstitutional judicial intrusion into executive authority. If Judge Sullivan takes this course now that he’s won on appeal, we hope Attorney General William Barr tells him to pound sand. Judge Sullivan might hold Mr. Barr in contempt but then the case would go directly back on appeal.

All of this continues the ordeal of Mr. Flynn, who has had his life turned upside down for nearly four years. Judge Sullivan could now choose to hold his dismissal ruling until the November election. If Joe Biden wins, the judge might figure that the Biden Justice Department would reinstate the prosecution and torture Mr. Flynn further. As Judge Neomi Rao put it in her fine dissent:

“By allowing the district court to scrutinize ‘the reasoning and motives’ of the Department of Justice, the majority ducks our obligation to correct judicial usurpations of executive power and leaves Flynn to twist in the wind while the district court pursues a prosecution without a prosecutor. The Constitution’s separation of powers and its protections of individual liberty require a different result.”

What a dispiriting, politicized performance by the judiciary. Time for a pardon.

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Re: The Russian conspiracy, Comey, Mueller, and related matters
« Reply #1260 on: September 01, 2020, 10:19:19 AM »
Let it run its legal course first.

"Judge Sullivan could now choose to hold his dismissal ruling until the November election. If Joe Biden wins, the judge might figure that the Biden Justice Department would reinstate the prosecution and torture Mr. Flynn further."

There is also the time between the election and inauguration available for pardons.


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Re: The Russian conspiracy, Comey, Mueller, and related matters
« Reply #1262 on: September 03, 2020, 03:23:36 PM »
"strange how so many documents disappear"

How Clintoneasque .

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Re: The Russian conspiracy, Comey, Mueller, and related matters
« Reply #1263 on: September 03, 2020, 04:51:02 PM »
Our country is slipping on the banana peels of the banana republic cancer within our permanent government , , ,


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Re: Mueller's Angry Dems scrubbed Cell Phones
« Reply #1265 on: September 10, 2020, 03:53:11 PM »
https://www.zerohedge.com/political/muellers-angry-democrats-scrubbed-cell-phones-after-russia-investigation

18 U.S. Code § 1519.Destruction, alteration, or falsification of records in Federal investigations and bankruptcy
U.S. Code

Whoever knowingly alters, destroys, mutilates, conceals, covers up, falsifies, or makes a false entry in any record, document, or tangible object with the intent to impede, obstruct, or influence the investigation or proper administration of any matter within the jurisdiction of any department or agency of the United States or any case filed under title 11, or in relation to or contemplation of any such matter or case, shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both.

(Added Pub. L. 107–204, title VIII, § 802(a), July 30, 2002, 116 Stat. 800.)

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Re: The Russian conspiracy, Comey, Mueller, and related matters
« Reply #1266 on: September 11, 2020, 04:39:36 AM »
"18 U.S. Code § 1519.Destruction, alteration, or falsification of records in Federal investigations and bankruptcy
U.S. Code"

To this the MSM would scream democrats lives matter

it is all swept under the rug and not relevant since in the end it is all about getting DJT.

"rule of law" need not apply,

when speaking of the "righteous" - democrats.

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listen to the excuses
« Reply #1267 on: September 11, 2020, 06:24:09 PM »


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Re: Mueller's Angry Dems scrubbed Cell Phones
« Reply #1269 on: September 13, 2020, 03:44:53 PM »
https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/09/must-see-sidney-powell-speaks-mueller-gang-wiped-clean-info-27-phones-requested-justice-department-inspector-general-video/

https://www.zerohedge.com/political/muellers-angry-democrats-scrubbed-cell-phones-after-russia-investigation

18 U.S. Code § 1519.Destruction, alteration, or falsification of records in Federal investigations and bankruptcy
U.S. Code

Whoever knowingly alters, destroys, mutilates, conceals, covers up, falsifies, or makes a false entry in any record, document, or tangible object with the intent to impede, obstruct, or influence the investigation or proper administration of any matter within the jurisdiction of any department or agency of the United States or any case filed under title 11, or in relation to or contemplation of any such matter or case, shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both.

(Added Pub. L. 107–204, title VIII, § 802(a), July 30, 2002, 116 Stat. 800.)

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The FBI is totally not corrupt!
« Reply #1270 on: September 15, 2020, 12:11:34 PM »
http://ace.mu.nu/archives/390227.php

Fidelity! Bravery! Integrity!


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Re: The Russian conspiracy, Comey, Mueller, and related matters
« Reply #1272 on: September 18, 2020, 07:08:05 AM »
".More record destruction from Team Mueller "

oh just routine
clearing of devices before turning them in

nothing here

DC lawyers at their most honest , integrity,  upholders of the rule of law, beyond scrutiny ( well yeah all evidence destroyed),  and defenders of "Democracy"!!! 

laws apply to little people not big shot DC lawyers.