New FBI files contain allegations of ‘quid pro quo’ in Clinton’s emails— change classified email codes…
FBI interview summaries and notes, provided late Friday to the House Government Oversight and Intelligence Committees, contain allegations of a “quid pro quo” between a senior State Department executive and FBI agents during the Hillary Clinton email investigation, two congressional sources told Fox News.
“This is a flashing red light of potential criminality,” Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah, who has been briefed on the FBI interviews, told Fox News.
He said “there was an alleged quid pro quo” involving Undersecretary for Management Patrick Kennedy and the FBI “over at least one classified email.”
Obstruction of Justice!
“In return for altering the classification, the possibility of additional slots for the FBI at missions overseas was discussed,” Chaffetz said.
As Fox News previously reported, interviews released earlier this month, known as 302s, reveal the serious allegation that Kennedy applied pressure to subordinates to change classified email codes so they would be shielded from Congress and the public. Fox News was told as far back as August 2015 that Kennedy was running interference on Capitol Hill. But Kennedy, in his FBI interview on Dec. 21, 2015, “categorically rejected” allegations of classified code tampering.
Chaffetz has not read the new documents, which include classified records that must be read in a security facility. But based on a briefing from staffers, Chaffetz said there are grounds for at least “four hearings” after the recess. Chaffetz, who is currently out of town campaigning, said allegations came from witnesses though there is some conflict in the record.
Today the FBI released another 100 pages relating to its investigation of Hillary Clinton’s conduct as Secretary of State. Why it has taken so long for the agency to review, redact and publish a very small quantity of documents is inexplicable. Be that as it may, the documents released today are explosive.
You may have seen headlines to the effect that Hillary’s State Department tried to pressure the FBI to say that various documents located on Hillary’s insecure home server were not classified. This was critical, obviously, because one of Hillary’s lines of defense was to claim, falsely, that she never sent or received classified documents on her off-the-books email system.
Those headlines are correct, but to get the full impact you really have to see the relevant portions of the FBI investigation. Here they are; in all cases, click to enlarge. But first, a description.
In the first page, an unidentified FBI employee says he was “pressured” to change the classification of an email to render it unclassified. This pressure came from someone within the FBI, who said he had been contacted by Undersecretary of State Patrick Kennedy, who “had asked his assistance in altering the email’s classification in exchange for a ‘quid pro quo.’” The quid pro quo was that, if the FBI would say the email was unclassified, the State Department would allow the FBI to “place more Agents in countries where they are presently forbidden.”
Subsequently, the interviewee was summoned to an “all agency” meeting at the State Department to discuss the classification review of the Hillary Clinton emails. This fact itself is astonishing: the meeting was attended by representatives of the State Department, the CIA, the Defense Intelligence Agency “and other government agencies,” including, obviously, the FBI. Patrick Kennedy presided. Someone asked whether any of the Hillary emails that were being reviewed for production were classified. Kennedy replied, “Well, we’ll see.”
Following the all agency meeting, Undersecretary of State Kennedy renewed his effort to pressure the FBI to change its classification of the document in question. The FBI representative wouldn’t budge, so Kennedy asked who else at the agency he could talk to. The interviewee gave the name of Michael Steinbach.
The interviewee then participated in a call with Kennedy and Steinbach, in which Kennedy “continued to pressure the FBI to change the classified markings on the email to unclassified.” Steinbach refused. What happened next is–deserves to be, anyway–a bombshell.
Prior to ending the conversation, KENNEDY asked whether the FBI or STATE would conduct the public statements on the matter. STEINBACH advised KENNEDY that the FBI would not comment publicly on the matter.
That was enough for the astonishingly corrupt Hillary Clinton. This is what happened next:
The conference call ended and, according to [ ], the Associated Press (AP) published the story within the hour. Former Secretary of State Clinton appeared in front of the press shortly thereafter to deny having sent classified emails on her private email server.