A bombshell report from the NY Times claims to have identified the FBI lawyer who is under investigation for altering FISA documents.
Per the NY Times
Kevin Clinesmith, altered an email that officials used to prepare to seek court approval to renew the wiretap, the people said.
Mr. Horowitz referred his findings about Mr. Clinesmith to prosecutors for a potential criminal charge. Mr. Clinesmith left the Russia investigation in February 2018 after the inspector general identified him as one of a handful of F.B.I. officials who expressed animus toward Mr. Trump in text messages and resigned about two months ago, after the inspector general’s team interviewed him.
The email Mr. Clinesmith handled was a factor during the wiretap renewal process, according to the people. Mr. Clinesmith took an email from an official at another federal agency that contained several factual assertions, then added material to the bottom that looked like another assertion from the email’s author, when it was instead his own understanding.
Mr. Clinesmith included this altered email in a package that he compiled for another F.B.I. official to read in preparation for signing an affidavit that would be submitted to the court attesting to the facts and analysis in the wiretap application.
The details of the email are apparently classified and may not be made public even when the report is unveiled.
The investigators’ referral of its findings on Mr. Clinesmith went to John H. Durham, a prosecutor assigned by Attorney General William P. Barr to also re-examine the Russia case and its origins. The referral from Mr. Horowitz’s team appears to be at least in part the basis for the elevation of Mr. Durham’s inquiry from an administrative review to a criminal investigation, the people said.
A report from DailyMail offers more insight on Clinesmith and reveals Mark Meadows accused him of being a Hillary supporter who had disdain for Trump.
Clinesmith was ultimately fired by Mueller for his anti-Trump bias.
North Carolina Republican Rep. Mark Meadows named Clinesmith during a public hearing in June 2018, over objections from the FBI.
Horowitz cautioned at the time that he had shielded certain names of people who worked in counterintelligence. Meadows responded that Clinesmith had ‘long ago’ left that field and worked for the FBI’s general counsel.
The person named as Clinesmith in the 2018 report expressed his disdain for the incoming President Trump with the phrase ‘Viva le resistance’ and opined that then-Vice President-Elect Mike Pence was ‘stupid.’
His lover texted back: ‘Screw you Trump,’ and added that Hillary Clinton ‘better win … otherwise i’m gonna be walking around with both of my guns.’
She also labeled Trump’s supporters in Ohio ‘retarded,’ and in a fit of pique over being asked to work on Inauguration Day, she added: ‘F*** Trump.’
Special Counsel Robert Mueller later fired Clinesmith for his anti-Trump bias, citing the lawyer’s comment to another official after the 2016 that ‘the crazies won finally.’
Horowitz’s 2018 report cited Clinesmith the day after President Donald Trump’s election telling an unnamed FBI employee in a text message: ‘I am numb.’
‘I am so stressed about what I could have done differently,’ he added, complaining that the Bureau ‘broke the momentum’ of the Hillary Clinton campaign by restarting an investigation into her classified email scandal just days before the election.
Clinesmith bemoaned an imagined future Trump agenda and took a shot at the ‘stupid’ vice president-elect Mike Pence.
‘I just can’t imagine the systematic disassembly of the progress we made over the last 8 years. ACA is gone. Who knows if the rhetoric about deporting people, walls, and crap is true,’ he wrote.
‘I honestly feel like there is going to be a lot more gun issues, too, 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.’
And he fretted about his own career if Trump were to learn that he participated in an investigation of his campaign’s alleged Russia ties.
‘Plus, my god damned name is all over the legal documents investigating his staff,’ Clinesmith texted. ‘So, who knows[,] if that breaks to him[,] what he is going to do.’
Later in the month of November 2016, he sent an instant message to a different FBI employee, an attorney like him who sarcastically asked if learning how much some Trump campaign aides were paid had made him ‘rethink your commitment to the Trump administration.’
‘Hell no,’ Clinesmith replied. ‘Viva le resistance.’
Chuck Ross of the DailyCaller added an alternative context by tweeting
The idea that Clinesmith was a low-level attorney is catching hold. But the June 2018 OIG report describes him as the “primary FBI attorney” on Trump-Russia probe as of early 2017.
This article first appeared on TheConservativeOpinion.com