Mr Clinesmith’s attorneys also argued that their client did not attempt to hide the CIA email from other law enforcement officials after they demanded the final renewal of the eavesdropping site. Mr Clinesmith had provided unchanged CIA email to Hurricane Crossfire agents and the Justice Department attorney drafting the original wiretapping application.
Mr Clinesmith had also asked investigators to send any information regarding an informant’s October 2016 meeting with Mr Page, including any incentive statements, to the Justice Department attorney drafting the wiretapping application. Mr Clinesmith said this was “probably the most important piece of information”; to provide to the lawyer drafting the wiretapping application.
Mr Clinesmith was among FBI officials who ousted Mr Mueller from the Russia investigation after Mr Horowitz found messages they had exchanged expressing political animus against Mr. Trump. Immediately after the victory in the elections of Mr. Trump, Mr Clinesmith texted another official: “I honestly feel like there will be even more gun issues, too, the madness finally won. This is the steroid tea party. And the GOP will lose.”
In another text, he wrote, “viva le resistance”.
Mr Clinesmith told the inspector general that he was expressing his personal views but did not let them influence his work.
Mr Clinesmith also argued against the prospect of wiretapping another former Trump campaign adviser, George Papadopoulos, who served two weeks in jail on charges of lying to the FBI, according to the Horowitz report. The inspector general said the bureau never asked to observe.
The prosecution of Mr. Clinesmith is only one aspect of Mr.’s extensive investigation. Durham. He also examined the most explosive conclusion of the intelligence community regarding Russian interference in the 2016 elections: that President Vladimir V. Putin intervened to benefit Mr. Trump.
Mr Durham has also been investigating the use of the FBI in wiretapping applications of a notorious dossier compiled by a former British intelligence officer, Christopher Steele. “The FBI has been and will continue to be fully cooperative with Mr. Durham’s review,” a spokesman for the office said in a statement. “This includes securing paperwork and assigning staff to help his team.”
Mr Durham, who has previously investigated FBI and CIA abuses, did not hand over what he found, although Mr Barr said some of the findings were “disturbing”. Mr Durham has said in a rare statement that he disagreed with some of Mr Horowitz ‘s conclusions about how and why the FBI opened the investigation in the summer of 2016.