(FreedomJournal.org)- Former FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith will not know his fate until late January, after a judge delayed his sentencing.
January 29 is the new sentencing date for Clinesmith, the former lawyer for the FBI who, in August, pleaded guilty to falsifying a document. The document in question was regarding secret surveillance the FBI conducted on Carter Page, a campaign aide for the 2016 presidential campaign of Donald Trump.
John Durham, the special counsel in the Russia investigation and Connecticut’s top federal prosecutor, has requested a sentence of up to six months in prison for Clinesmith. Durham told U.S. District Judge James Boasberg, of the Washington, D.C. District, that doing so would “send a message that people like the defendant — an attorney in a position of trust who others relied upon — will face serious consequences if they commit crimes that result in material misstatements or omissions to a court.”
The lawyer for Clinesmith, meanwhile, countered by saying that his client should receive community service and probation. He said that sentence would be “just punishment.” After all, Clinesmith’s “reputation has been ruined, his professional career is in shambles, and he has been unable to support his family financially at a time when he and his wife are expecting their first child.”
Durham was elevated to special counsel by former Attorney General William Barr, who officially stepped down from his role last week. That designation gave Durham extra protections and allowed him to complete his work independently.
It is unsure of how Democrat Joe Biden would treat the inquiry by Durham if he does, in fact, become president. Biden is set to be inaugurated on January 20, which is roughly a week before Clinesmith’s new sentencing date.
Judge Boasberg set a deadline for responses to January 5, which forced him to reset the sentencing date to later in the month.
A motion for relief was filed on Clinesmith’s behalf by some victims rights groups recently. The motion was filed under the Crime Victims’ Rights Act.
Page had all along been suspected of colluding with Russia and acting on their behalf. He completely denied doing anything wrong, though, and he wasn’t ever charged with a crime.
In the filing, the groups wrote:
“If this Court grants Dr. Page the opportunity to provide a victim impact statement before it imposes sentence, then the public will have greater confidence in the case’s outcome — which is one of the reasons why Congress included victims in the criminal justice process by enacting the CVRA.”
Clinesmith’s crime is he altered an email that he sent to one of his colleagues who was working on the Russia investigation. He was the only person who was charged in Barr’s investigation into the Russia probe.
Clinesmith admitted that he added words to the email so that it would bolster his case to get a surveillance warrant on Page. It was just one in a series of omissions, errors and inaccuracies that the inspector general for the Justice Department discovered in the treatment of Page by the FBI