And so we’ve reached the bitter conclusion of the Spygate saga, a criminal conspiracy hatched by Hillary Clinton and her allies in the Obama administration more than five years ago. Joe Biden and Barack Obama unleashed the full power of the federal government on a presidential candidate and then an incoming administration and its allies. This was the second-worst national crime ever carried out against our nation – and when you hear the final “punishment” for a lowly government lawyer, it’s tough to believe that this really happened.
The Clinton smear machine went into high gear in 2015 to try to paint Donald Trump as a “Russian asset.” They hired a shady foreign spy from Britain (Christopher Steele) to run around in taverns in Ukraine to see if any drunk Ukrainians had heard any outlandish rumors about Donald Trump. The drunk Ukrainians obliged, and Christopher Steele’s Russian potty dossier was born.
Former CIA Director John Brennan got in on the action as well. Using spies, foreign diplomats and “honey pots” in the UK, Italy and Australia, the CIA and its international friends tried to plant the story that the Trump campaign was working with WikiLeaks and had “hacked” Hillary’s emails. Or the DNC’s emails. Or somebody’s emails, so long it was WikiLeaks and the Trump campaign and the Russians all working together somehow.
Carter Page, a former Naval Intelligence officer and an American spy who worked against the Russians, was smeared as a “Russian agent” in the Mueller Dossier. George Papadopoulos served 10 days in prison for the process crime of “lying to the FBI.” Paul Manafort went to prison for failing to file some paperwork with the IRS, in a crime that has almost never been prosecuted in the roughly 50 years since the Foreign Agents Registration Act was passed into law. (And all of his foreign lobbying was on behalf of Ukraine, which is… not Russia.)
Manafort was pardoned in the final days of the Trump administration. Everyone knew he was railroaded, so this was the right thing for President Trump to do. The same goes for Roger Stone, who was treated to a pre-dawn FBI raid with CNN cameras in tow.
Barack Obama, Joe Biden, James Comey, Peter Strzok and Sally Yates ran this international conspiracy against Donald Trump from the Oval Office, while Trump was a private citizen. After Trump was inaugurated in 2017, the FBI, Department of Justice and CIA all continued to hound the innocent president. Rod Rosenstein, Jeff Sessions and Andrew McCabe plotted to remove Trump via the 25th Amendment. Rosenstein would wear a wire and record the president, while Sessions and John Kelly were two of the Cabinet members who were – in Rosenstein’s own words – on board with the plot to declare Trump mentally unfit for office.
Bruce Ohr was the go-between at the Department of Justice who laundered Christopher Steele’s phony intelligence into the FBI. Ohr’s wife Nellie, a co-worker of Christopher Steele’s, was vetting Barron Trump for Fusion GPS to see if she could uncover any Russian ties. Yes, Barron Trump – a then 10-year-old child.
In the midst of all of that, lowly FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith forged a CIA email about Carter Page. Poor Clinesmith. He is the only co-conspirator in this string of crimes and violations of the Trump family’s civil rights who will face any penalty. If you can call it a penalty.
The CIA had sent a letter to the FBI sometime in 2016 which stated that Carter Page was an American patriot who was spying on the Russians for the US government. Kevin Clinesmith altered that email to say the exact opposite – that Carter Page was a Russian asset.
That forged email, along with Christopher Steele’s Russian potty dossier, was presented to the FISA court as “evidence” that the FBI needed to continue wiretapping Carter Page, Trump Tower, the entire Trump family and everyone who ever worked for the Trump campaign. (You’re kidding yourself if you think they just spied on Carter Page.)
Clinesmith, the lowly FBI lawyer who forged a CIA email, learned his sentence in federal court on January 29th. Brace yourself. Here it is:
A $100 fine, one year of probation and 400 hours of community service.
No one else involved in this criminal conspiracy will ever be charged with a crime. Keep Clinesmith’s “harsh” sentence in mind as the Department of Justice springs into action this year to throw Trump supporters in federal prison for a decade or more, for crimes such as posting memes on the internet or walking into the US Capitol while wearing a bear suit.