A former FBI lawyer will reportedly plead guilty to falsifying a document that FBI officials used to renew FISA warrants that were used to surveil the Trump campaign in 2016.
The New York Times reported that the lawyer, Kevin Clinesmith, “who was assigned to the Russia investigation, plans to admit that he altered an email from the C.I.A. that investigators relied on to seek renewed court permission in 2017 for a secret wiretap on the former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, who had at times provided information to the spy agency.”
The New York Times’ report repeatedly sought to downplay the significance of the development, attempting to portray it as falling short of what Trump allies have alleged happened.
For example, The New York Times states at the top of the report: “Prosecutors are not expected to reveal any evidence of a broad anti-Trump conspiracy among law enforcement officials.” The report then waits nearly 400 words before telling readers that Attorney General William Barr said last night on Fox News that the development that was coming today, which is on Clinesmith’s decision to plead guilty, was not “an earth-shattering development, but it is an indication that things are moving along at the proper pace, as dictated by the facts in this investigation.” Read more…