This is the charge Durham is keeping in his back pocket. It could produce a much longer sentence if Clinesmith refuses to go forward.
Replying to @shipwreckedcrew
Why wasn't 18 usc 1519 (evidence tampering) the original charge? He'd better be doing a lot of singing to get off with a 1001.
Here we go:
18 U.S. Code § 1519.
Destruction, alteration, or falsification of records in Federal investigations and bankruptcy
Whoever knowingly alters ... any ... document ... with the intent to ... influence the investigation ... of any matter within the jurisdiction of any department or agency of the United States ... shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both.
Not more than 20 years? Ya mean, up to 20 years? Ouch!
Clinesmith better know what he's up to.