It feels as if the politics get in the way of the serious nature of the conduct of former FBI lawyer, Kevin Clinesmith. In order to represent that Carter Page, who was an adviser to the Trump 2016 presidential campaign, was not a source to another government agency, Mr. Clinesmith altered an e-mail from the CIA in response to his e-mail question on the source status. The CIA response said that Mr. Page “was or is a contact.” Mr. Clinesmith added “and not ‘a source'” to make it look as if the CIA had denied source status when it, in fact, had confirmed that Mr. Page was doing work for the CIA.
Mr. Clinesmtih plans to enter a guilty verdict. His behavior was a breach of all ethical standards lawyers pledge to uphold. To put I more plainly: This was wrong. If the FBI can make stuff up to get a warrant to spy on a presidential adviser and thereby on the presidential candidate, imagine what they could be doing to us? This stuff matters, even if Mr. Clinesnith felt he was saving the country from Trump.