The actions of Kevin Clinesmith, the corrupt former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) lawyer who was charged in federal court on Friday with falsifying evidence, threatened the life of Carter Page, the former Naval officer and Trump campaign affiliate told The Federalist. The Department of Justice (DOJ) charged Clinesmith with deliberately fabricating evidence used to justify a federal warrant to spy on Page in 2017.
“Clinesmith, his organization, and their associates put my very life at risk, leading to abusive calls and death threats because of my personal opinions and support for President Trump,” Page told The Federalist. “There is a long way to go on the road to restoring justice in America, but certainly a good first step has now been taken.”
“After several years, Kevin Clinesmith is finally being held accountable and pleading guilty to committing a felony for his involvement in the plot to falsely portray me and by implication the Trump administration as traitors,” Page added.
“The actions by the full band of government officials and Democrat operatives involved in the creation of the false applications for my FISA warrants were entirely unconscionable,” Page said, referring to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
In 2016 and 2017, the FBI and DOJ falsely swore to a federal surveillance court that Page was a secret Russian agent who was likely in the process of committing crimes against the United States. Page was never formally charged with any wrongdoing.
The Federal Intelligence Surveillance Court, or FISC, authorized four separate warrants to spy on Page. What Clinesmith and the FBI failed to disclose in the application for the spy warrants, which were based primarily on false claims from a foreign agent working on behalf of the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee, was that Page had actually worked on behalf of U.S. intelligence authorities from 2008 through 2013 to investigate actual Russian intelligence agents working to harm the United States.
The FBI was notified by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in August 2016 that Page, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, had officially worked as a source for the agency for years. According to a report by the DOJ Office of Inspector General (OIG) on the corrupt process used to obtain the spy warrants against Page, the FBI withheld the existence of documents confirming Page’s work for U.S. authorities from the spy court.
Once Page went public in 2017, after several false spy warrants had already been approved, Clinesmith took communications about Page’s CIA efforts and doctored them to make it appear as if the CIA had told the FBI that Page was never a CIA source. The FISA court later ruled that two of the four warrants against Page, including the final reauthorization that included the fake evidence doctored by Clinesmath, were illegal and invalid.
“Instead of including this information in the final renewal application,” the OIG report stated, Clinesmith “altered an email from the other agency so that the email stated that Page was ‘not a source’ for the other agency, which the FBI affiant relied upon in signing the final renewal application.”
In his new book “Abuse and Power: How an Innocent American Was Framed in an Attempted Coup Against the President,” which is set to be released on August 25, Page discloses brand new details about Clinesmith’s interactions with him throughout 2016 and 2017.
Clinesmith falsely told Page’s attorneys in spring 2017, long after the FBI had repeatedly sworn under oath to a federal court that Page was illegally operating as an agent of the Russian government, that Page was merely a witness that the FBI wished to interview as part of its investigation into so-called Russian collusion.
“Both [my attorney] and I noted to Clinesmith that every flurry of publicity about my purported treason often led to another round of abusive calls and death threats,” Page writes in his book. “As if I weren’t already concerned enough about becoming the apparent target of several investigations, I now had perpetual worries about my own safety.”
“It was all part of a broader campaign by the Democratic Party and their allies to set me up for prosecution and prison,” Page writes. “The first majestic paragraph from H. G. Wells’s War of the Worlds came to mind: ‘Intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic…slowly and surely drew their plans against me.’”
“The only difference was that one would be hard-pressed to find much intellect among the sorry cast of characters that helped advance this plot.”
Clinesmith, who is expected to plead guilty, could serve up to five years in prison for his crimes.
Sean Davis is the co-founder of The Federalist.