As U.S. Attorney John Durham continues his criminal investigation into FISA abuse and other misconduct at the FBI, CIA, and other federal government intelligence agencies, one of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s allies was just sentenced to prison.
Former FBI analyst Mark Tolson, who was a “top dog” on Mueller’s Russia witch hunt, is headed to prison for carrying out an act specifically aimed at helping Mueller and harming President Donald Trump.
Tolson broke into a pro-Trump operative’s email account in October 2018, took screen-shots of some of the messages, then sent images to a reporter and offered the reporter the password, according to Politico.
The unnamed reporter turned down the opportunity.
Tolson said he did it because the activist — Jack Burkman — was claiming that Mueller had committed sexual assault.
“I did what I did to try to protect Director Mueller, who can protect himself,” Tolson said at his sentencing at an Alexandria, Virginia, court on Dec. 20. “I’m terribly sorry.”
For breaking into the email account, a misdemeanor, Tolson was sentenced to seven days behind bars and pay $500 in fines.
The sentence includes 50 hours of community service and a year of probation. The jail time could be served after the holidays, the judge ruled.
Fmr FBI analyst Mark Tolson was sentenced to 7 days in jail Fri. for hacking the email of DC anti-Mueller lobbyist Jack Burkman to stop his efforts to smear RM. It's a crime, but this is Barr retribution nonetheless. #SundayThoughts https://t.co/VeexxTyyxN
— Mona (@Monaheart1229) December 22, 2019
Here are the main details:
- Tolson broke into the email account of Burkman, a neighbor of his in Alexandria, back in October 2018.
- Burkman had announced he was going to hold a news conference to announce the details on his very dubious allegations regarding Mueller.
- Tolson’s wife, Sarah Gilbert Fox, had done some work for Burkman and had the password to his email account.
“It was because of the press conference, your honor,” the former FBI analyst said in court.
“This is actually a very serious offense,” U.S. District Court Judge Leonie Brinkema told Tolson during sentencing.
“You’re lucky. Your wife is lucky. The government could have prosecuted her as well,” Brinkema added.
“You can’t just rummage through other people’s accounts,” she added. “You had to have known better.”
This comes after the long-awaited FISA spy report from Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz, which detailed the reasoning for the FBI’s spying on President Donald Trump’s campaign during the 2016 election.
In short, the FBI was busted for lying, doctoring documents, and having extreme anti-Trump bias while leading the bogus Russia investigation.
Below are some high-points of what Horowitz found:
- There was extreme bias against then-candidate Trump.
- The FBI deliberately doctored evidence it presented to the nation’s top spy court in order to gain authority to spy on a key Trump affiliate.
- The FBI and the Justice Department’s review committee failed to comply with attorney general guidelines requiring timely validation.
- Investigators uncovered issues with FBI employees who conducted validation reviews, noting they did not “review the full scope” of a long-term source’s work for the FBI.
- The inspector general found “at least 17 significant errors or omissions” concerning FBI efforts to obtain secret FISA warrants against brief Trump campaign aide Carter Page.
Last month, we learned that Durham’s investigation into the origins of the Russia investigation had shifted into a criminal inquiry.
This means that Barr and Durham now have the power to subpoena for witness testimony and documents, to convene a grand jury, and file criminal charges.
Barr and Durham have also flipped a top Comey-Obama ally, who is now working with the DOJ and assisting in the probe.