Former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith has been sentenced to 12 months of probation and 400 hours of community service for making false statements during the Durham investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe.
Clinesmith is the only real conviction of John Durham’s investigation that uncovered evidence that the FBI worked to damage then-candidate Trump before the 2016 election.
Clinesmith seems to be the fall guy in this situation. He may be the only FBI official that will ever be held accountable for the fraudulent Russia Collusion scam invented by James Comey, Peter Stzrok, and other high ranking intelligence community members. While Clinesmith finds himself on probation, the other FBI figures walk free even after Durham uncovered evidence that the FBI had deliberately broken several rules and spied on the Trump campaign.
Durham’s, Director Christopher Wray’s, and Attorney General Bill Barr’s failure to bring those figures truly responsible to justice confirms Americans’ fears and cements a worrying precedent. The next Republican presidential candidate will likely find the FBI being used against them just as Trump found.
The FBI has been weaponized and can no longer be trusted as a tool of nonpartisan justice. The agency must be truly reformed before Americans should trust the organization again.
Republicans must always be aware that the FBI will be working to implicate them in some fabricated crime, and right now, there are no consequences. Reform must be the number #1 priority for Republicans intent on running in the 2024 presidential election.
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