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Monday, October 17, 2016

A senior official at the U.S. State Department tried to push the FBI in 2015 into dropping its insistence that an email from Hillary Clinton's private server contained classified information, according to summaries of interviews with FBI officials released by the FBI on Monday. According to the records, an FBI official, whose name is redacted, told investigators that Patrick Kennedy, the State Department's most senior manager, repeatedly "pressured" the FBI to declassify information in one of Clinton's emails. State Department spokesman Mark Toner called the allegation against Kennedy inaccurate, saying it "does not align with the facts" and noting that the email in question ended up being marked as classified when released, with redactions, to the public last year.



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Just another example of the Clinton organization totally not being caught doing anything illegal.

#1 | Posted by Sully at 2016-10-17 01:46 PM | Reply | Funny: 2 | Newsworthy 1


CNN is spinning it as "FBI/State deny "quid pro quo" even tho the FBI release expressly states just that..

They even added a nice touch to the video, adding Russian parades and tanks....

MSM is so in the bag for HRC that its not even about the release, its about "Russians hacking stuff"....

#4 | Posted by aescal at 2016-10-17 03:56 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

Tough to have much sympathy for HRC in this situation, but it is doubtful she could stop those sending classified email from doing so...

#5 | Posted by catdog at 2016-10-17 04:36 PM | Reply

Here's the Washington Post coverage.

Hillary Clinton's email problems just came roaring back

For the past few months, Hillary Clinton's decision to exclusively use a private email server while at the State Department has receded as a campaign issue as Donald Trump's comments about women have come to dominate the daily chatter about the 2016 race.

On Monday, however, the various issues associated with Clinton's email setup came roaring back. According to emails released by the FBI, Undersecretary of State Patrick Kennedy asked the FBI to ease up on classification decisions in exchange for allowing more FBI agents in countries where they were not permitted to go. The words "quid pro quo" were used to describe the proposed exchange by the FBI official. (The State Department insists it was no such thing; "This allegation is inaccurate and does not align with the facts," said State Department deputy spokesman Mark Toner in a statement. "To be clear: the State Department did upgrade the document at the request of the FBI when we released it back in May 2015.")...

If the fire burning in Republicans over Clinton's email server was threatening to flicker out -- or at least lose some of its heat -- this new information is the equivalent of taking a can's worth of lighter fluid and dousing the conflagration. It's going to start burning a lot hotter very soon.

Looks like a reasonable discussion of what is known and not known at this point.

From what I read of it, fmr Sec of State Clinton's email server continues to be the gift that keeps on giving.

#6 | Posted by LampLighter at 2016-10-17 05:05 PM | Reply

How does declassifying ONE email help anyone including Clinton?

#7 | Posted by Sycophant at 2016-10-17 05:17 PM | Reply

What Sycophant said...

And emails and documents are "pushed" to be declassified all the time. We have way too many secrets as it is.

#8 | Posted by donnerboy at 2016-10-17 05:25 PM | Reply

You'd have to ask the State Departments most senior manager, Patrick Kennedy that question. It must have been important enough to try to bribe the FBI over. Or maybe he's just a moron?

#9 | Posted by 101Chairborne at 2016-10-17 05:28 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

Those agencies fight over what is and isn't classified all the time. There was no quid pro quo, so no story.

#10 | Posted by Corky at 2016-10-17 05:32 PM | Reply | Funny: 4

Wait. HRC's agency engaged in political shady behavior to cover her butt? I can't believe it. Next they'll be telling me she secretly supports TPP.

#11 | Posted by moder8 at 2016-10-17 05:39 PM | Reply

Wait. HRC's agency engaged in political shady behavior to cover her butt? I can't believe it. Next they'll be telling me she secretly supports TPP.


See Post #7. Thanks.

#12 | Posted by Sycophant at 2016-10-17 05:43 PM | Reply



Funny, Conservatives whine about lack of transparency. Then complain about making government more transparent.

#13 | Posted by Sycophant at 2016-10-17 05:43 PM | Reply

We have way too many secrets as it is.


Fewer and fewer by the day. Thank goodness the transparency Obama promised is starting to trickle down. Sucks that Hillary is going first, don't it?

#14 | Posted by DixvilleNotch at 2016-10-17 05:49 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

There was no quid pro quo, so no story.


Man, you make this denial stuff look easy!

#15 | Posted by DixvilleNotch at 2016-10-17 05:50 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Or are you just finding yourself overwhelmed? I can lend a hand.

#16 | Posted by DixvilleNotch at 2016-10-17 05:51 PM | Reply

How does declassifying ONE email help anyone including Clinton?

You'll never know. Maybe Glenn "because I've become a hack" Thrush from Politico can give you a massaged and approved answer that you'll find acceptable.

#17 | Posted by Ben_Berkkake at 2016-10-17 05:51 PM | Reply


#18 | Posted by phesterOBoyle at 2016-10-17 06:47 PM | Reply

#4: I think the official corporate media is all that she will need: pro Hillary and contra Trump. That's a pretty good one, two, punch. Add to that Trump continuing to shoot himself in the foot, and, well, there you have it.
Not that I support or would vote for Trump. JWC

#19 | Posted by JayClark at 2016-10-17 07:04 PM | Reply

FBI, State Department Say No Quid Pro Quo on Clinton Email

Both agencies deny the account and say no deal took place. That didn't stop Clinton's Republican presidential opponent, Donald Trump, from seizing on the news Monday and calling for the State Department official's resignation.

In the end, the FBI won the classification argument, and the State Department agreed to upgrade the email to "secret." No increase in the FBI's slots in Baghdad resulted from the conversation, and the FBI ordered a review of the conduct of the now-retired FBI official.


#20 | Posted by Corky at 2016-10-17 11:53 PM | Reply

River in Egypt Corky.

The FBI's own reports says it so. Or are you saying the FBI agent lied, the FBI knew he was lying, and went ahead anyways and put that into the report, so they could deny it later?

Think about it...

River in Egypt...

#21 | Posted by aescal at 2016-10-18 12:28 AM | Reply

Based on those who actually read the documents, the request for quid pro quo came the other way, from the FBI. It was the FBI agent, who is now retired, who asked State if they did this favor for them if they could get more office space. FBI is launching an internal investigation into their agent.

From what I've read over the years, State and the FBI are always at odds over what State thinks is over classification. This is a non-story, in spite of what Faux nooz and anti-Hillary flack Chris Cillizza tell you. That odious Jason Chafitz got all excited for no reason.

#22 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2016-10-18 12:58 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2


From the article:

"Another FBI employee recounted it differently, saying a senior agency official suggested to Mr. Kennedy that he would look into the email matter if the State official "would provide authority concerning the FBI's request to increase its personnel in Iraq." That suggestion was ultimately rejected by others at the FBI, according to officials and the documents."

#23 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2016-10-18 01:10 AM | Reply


I'm saying the report I linked is in English and you prolly should be able to understand when the FBI says there was no deal.

"The entire episode appears to have been borne out of two separate conversations and a misunderstanding: One conversation took place between Kennedy and the FBI official; the other was between the same FBI official and a bureau employee whose job involved classification review."

#24 | Posted by Corky at 2016-10-18 01:38 AM | Reply

Stop quoting "articles" by bloggers and refer to the actual report. The FBI's actual report. Unless you are incapable of thinking for yourself and have to regurgitate whatever the MSM tells, its right here..


Two different versions
Kennedy initiated
FBI initiated

Simple as that.

#25 | Posted by aescal at 2016-10-18 01:38 AM | Reply


Ooooohh! Da Ebil MSM has got him!

The pro journalists say the same thing as the report.

#26 | Posted by Corky at 2016-10-18 03:56 AM | Reply

Wake up People!

It's a Global Conspiracy! Everyone is conspiring to make The Donald look bad!

Everyone is in on it! Including Donald Trump.

That is how deep this conspiracy goes.

#27 | Posted by donnerboy at 2016-10-18 01:44 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

And emails and documents are "pushed" to be declassified all the time. We have way too many secrets as it is.

#8 | POSTED BY DONNERBOY AT 2016-10-17 05:25 PM | FLAG: Problem is that was subpoenaed evidence, so that would be evidence tampering which is illegal. [Also, very questionable that the FBI has the authority to reclassify materials not generated by the FBI.]

#28 | Posted by MSgt at 2016-10-18 05:14 PM | Reply

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