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Clinton emails: 'Quid pro quo' bid to bury Benghazi message


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A State Department official offered a "quid pro quo" deal if the FBI would change the classification of a Hillary Clinton email, FBI documents indicate.

Under Secretary of State Patrick Kennedy asked the bureau to unclassify the message so it could be archived, "never to be seen again".

He made the request in relation to an email about the 2012 attacks on the US diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.

But the FBI said it did not change the classification level.

The email in question described reports in November 2012 that Libyan police were arresting suspects in the attack of two months earlier, which left Ambassador Christopher Stephens and three other Americans dead.
'Shadow Government'

Other interesting revelations from the newly released FBI documents include:

A former diplomatic security agent said Mrs Clinton would often "blatantly" disregard security and diplomatic protocols, including her frequent refusal to attend overseas diplomatic functions with local ambassadors, which left envoys "insulted and embarrassed"
While secretary of state she ignored security advice by going to a dangerous part of Jakarta, Indonesia, in a move that "placed Clinton, her staff, the media and her security detail in unnecessary danger in order to conduct a photo opportunity for 'her election campaign'"
A group of top State Department officials that some called "The Shadow Government" met weekly to discuss Freedom of Information requests related to Mrs Clinton. They wanted her emails to be released all at once, instead of on a rolling basis, as would normally be the case, according to the FBI summary. But the group did not get its way.

The 100-page FBI document published on Monday says an unnamed FBI official was "pressured" in summer last year to change the classified Clinton email to unclassified.

The official said he had received a call from a colleague - whose name is also redacted - at the FBI's International Operations Division.

The colleague said he had been contacted by Mr Kennedy asking him to change the email's classification level in "exchange for a 'quid pro quo'".

The State Department, the document says, offered to "reciprocate by allowing the FBI to place more Agents in countries where they are presently forbidden".

Mr Kennedy, according to the document, followed up on this matter at a subsequent meeting, spending 15 minutes attempting to influence the FBI to unclassify the Clinton email.

He also pressed FBI assistant director of counterterrorism Michael Steinbach on the issue.

Republican House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said the revelation "bears all the signs of a cover-up".

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump tweeted: "Unbelievable."

Mr Kennedy, who has spent more than four decades at the State Department, was already a lightning rod for Republican criticism.

He oversaw both diplomatic security during the 2012 attacks in Benghazi and the records and IT departments during Mrs Clinton's use of a private email server.

But State Department Deputy spokesman Mark Toner denied there had been any wrongdoing.

"Under Secretary Kennedy sought to understand the FBI's process for withholding certain information from public release," Mr Toner said.

"As has been reported, there have been discussions within the interagency on issues of classification."

The email in question was among some 100 messages recovered from Mrs Clinton's private email server that the FBI would ultimately designate as classified.

The FBI and State Department engaged in a review of the former secretary of state's emails as they were being made ready for public release.

FBI Director James Comey concluded in his investigation Mrs Clinton had been "extremely careless" in handling the classified material.

The emails scandal relating to her private server is different from the messages that Wikileaks have been releasing recently.


I don't know if any of this changes the outcome of all the hearings that have gone past, but it could tip the fence sitters.


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And . . . Crickets.

It's to your credit that you posted this.
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Here's more:

http://thefederalist.com/2016/10/17/the-fbis-own-investigati...

http://www.weeklystandard.com/an-attempted-hillary-email-cov...

 
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FBI report wrote:
Mr Kennedy, who has spent more than four decades at the State Department, was already a lightning rod for Republican criticism.

He oversaw both diplomatic security during the 2012 attacks in Benghazi and the records and IT departments during Mrs Clinton's use of a private email server.

So the guy who oversaw security at the time of Benghazi was trying to cover his own ass, and this is a Clinton issue? The guy was in the State Department going back to Reagan.

And, if you believe the FBI's version of this (Clinton staffer tries to suppress e-mail!!!!), then you have to believe the FBI's response -- they didn't do it and the matter was dropped.

Interesting. Not a game-changer. Not even a substitute off the bench.
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More here:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/10/17/hi...
 
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remorseless1 wrote:
Interesting. Not a game-changer. Not even a substitute off the bench.


Wishcasting.
 
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It looks sleazy, but there was actually no quid or quo.
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Donald wrote:

I don't know if any of this changes the outcome of all the hearings that have gone past, but it could tip the fence sitters.



Aint nobody got time for dat ! have you heard that Trump said inappropriate things to women twenty years ago, get your priorities straight !
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jeremycobert wrote:
Donald wrote:

I don't know if any of this changes the outcome of all the hearings that have gone past, but it could tip the fence sitters.



Aint nobody got time for dat ! have you heard that Trump said inappropriate things to women twenty years ago, get your priorities straight !


He actually assaulted women, not said inappropriate things. And that latest is only 6 years ago, not 20

http://www.cnn.com/2016/10/14/politics/trump-women-accusers/

Do you get some kind of pleasure being so wrong so many times? Or is there some kind of alt right honor for lying in service of The Giant Yam?

Thanks for sharing

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Drew1365 wrote:
remorseless1 wrote:
Interesting. Not a game-changer. Not even a substitute off the bench.


Wishcasting.

Outside of Fox News and the right-wing radio hosts/blogsphere, this is not getting any traction. Hell, my co-workers -- all of whom plan to vote Donald -- just shrugged their shoulders over this.
 
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Different agencies arguing back and forth over whether and how to classify a piece of information after the fact is nothing new. Not limited to the FBI and State.

Other agencies trying to get State to agree to allow more of their people (FBI, in this case) to be posted to a particular embassy is also nothing new; that goes on all the time and other agencies (more specifically, individuals at other agencies; sometimes they're freelancing) frequently try to tie their request to whatever piece of leverage they think they might have with State.

And as others have pointed out, the classification didn't get changed and the FBI didn't get any extra positions in Baghdad (IIRC).

Yawn.
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Wait a minute, so you're trying to tell me that someone from one part of the government tried to trade favors with someone from another part of the government?

And it didn't end up happening?

Diabolical! This calls for at least a dozen congressional investigations!
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Drew1365 wrote:
remorseless1 wrote:
Interesting. Not a game-changer. Not even a substitute off the bench.


Wishcasting.


Projecting.
 
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