In the wake of the November 3 election, many, including President Donald Trump, have wondered what U.S. Attorney John Durham has been up to with regard to investigating the players who were behind the “Crossfire Hurricane” investigation that was launched against the president in 2016 and 2017.
A number of people slammed Durham for not delivering on a highly-anticipated report prior to the 2020 election, but according to the Daily Caller, it appears as if Durham has been rather busy, as it was announced this week that he’s seeking jail time for disgraced former FBI attorney Kevin Clinesmith.
Clinesmith is a former lawyer for the Federal Bureau of Investigation who pleaded guilty to altering a Central Intelligence Agency email concerning the agency’s relationship with Carter Page, a former campaign aide to the president.
On Thursday, Durham requested that a federal judge hit Clinesmith with a jail sentence “between the middle and upper-end” of what the guidelines allow for his offense of altering the email.
Clinesmith was caught altering the June 2017 email from the CIA by adding “not a ‘source'” with regard to what Page’s official capacity with the agency was. Obviously, that wasn’t accurate, since Page served as an “operational contact” for the CIA for a five-year period. Of course, that minor detail was left out of future Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant applications against Page.
That altered email would soon land Clinesmith in deep trouble, as his altered version was forwarded on to the FBI, who at the time was working on a new application to file for a FISA warrant that targeted Page.
The sneaky alteration to Clinesmith’s email was eventually discovered by a department in the inspector’s general office that was engaged in investigating those involved with Crossfire Hurricane and the highly-controversial FISA warrants against Page.
Had it been revealed that Page was an “operational contact” for the CIA, it would have greatly altered the outcome of any FISA warrants filed against him, with Durham arguing that that Clinesmith was fully aware of Page’s association with the CIA.
News of Durham’s request for jail time for Clinesmith comes on the heels of Durham being appointed as “special counsel” by U.S. Attorney General William Barr to ensure that investigations against those involved in Crossfire Hurricane will continue, even under a potentially new, incoming presidential administration, according to USA Today.