Ex-FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith was sentenced to 12 months of probation for altering a document from the CIA that was used in the FBI’s fraudulent investigation of Trump campaign associate Carter Page, the Washington Examiner reported.
While Clinesmith will serve his 12 months of probation, the others who were truly responsible for the Russian collusion hoax walk away with no consequences. Clinesmith’s sentence drew some serious criticism as 12 months of probation is hardly a slap on the wrist.
Clinesmith appears to have been thrown under the bus to protect more important figures who weaponized the FBI against Trump.
Republicans were outraged by the news of Clinesmith’s sentencing and Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), who played a huge role in exposing the truth of the FBI’s weaponization, called out the clear double standard.
Action desperately needed
Nunes told the Washington Examiner, “We see a two-tiered system of justice where average Americans get investigated and imprisoned based on fake media narratives like ‘Russian collusion’ while government officials who perpetuated these abuses get off scot-free. The FBI, DOJ, and judicial system need to regain Americans’ trust, and this absurd sentencing won’t help.”
The highest priority for Republicans should be to either reform those agencies that have been weaponized and politicized by Democrats or begin cutting into the power those agencies hold.
Americans learned over the last four years just how much power agencies like the FBI have. Trump’s National Security Advisor Michael Flynn found himself as a target of a politically motivated investigation and was nearly sent to prison.
Only after years of fighting did Flynn’s legal team expose what the FBI had done to him. If someone like Flynn can be framed and nearly sent to prison by a politically motivated FBI, what chance do regular Americans stand?
Clear double standard
Republicans may be wary of such ideas, but reform may not be enough to truly reign in the FBI and other agencies in our justice system. It may be long past time to permanently reduce the power of such organizations.
Nunes is absolutely right to call out the “two-tiered system of justice” that favors government officials and punishes the normal American citizen. Any normal person who did anything on par with Clinesmith’s actions would find themselves in prison.
The left spent the last four years going after anyone in the Trump administration who did anything remotely wrong and demanded figures like Flynn and Roger Stone spend years in prison.
Now Clinesmith will walk without serving a day in prison and the higher-ups in the FBI who are truly responsible will walk without consequences of any kind. The double standard is clear and until that is fixed there can be no justice.