Not Wikileaks, but heavily redacted FBI documents, connected to the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private email servers, show an unnamed FBI agent claiming that Patrick Kennedy (the State Department’s Undersecretary of State for Management), offering a bribe to the FBI in exchange for lucrative State Department positions.
Both the State Department and FBI have denied these allegations. US State Department deputy spokesman Mark Toner denied the quid pro quo bribe, even after a reporter read the FBI document which specifically called the entire exchange a “quid pro quo bribe”.
Toner looks like a deer in headlights….
“Classification is an art, not a science, and individuals with classification authority sometimes have different views.”
“We have been committed to releasing as much information to the public as possible, and ensuring that documents are withheld due to classification only when necessary to prevent damage to national security – as the Executive Order on classification calls for.”
The interview summary from Hillary’s private email server case shows that the agent had…
–“received a call from [REDACTED] of the International Operations Division (IOD) of the FBI, who ‘pressured’ him to change the classified email to unclassified. [REDACTED] indicated he had been contacted by PATRICK KENNEDY, Undersecretary of State, who had asked his assistance in altering the email’s classification in exchange for a ‘quid pro quo.’”
Patrick Kennedy is a Clinton machine insider and loyal underling. He served directly under Hillary Clinton during her tenure as US Secretary of State.
Kennedy was accused of offering to increase the FBI’s presence abroad “by allowing the FBI to place more Agents in countries where they are presently forbidden.”
The official went on to explain that this was not a one-off comment from Kennedy. In fact, Kennedy asked in a meeting whether the FBI could “see their way to marking the email unclassified?”
The official told investigators that they felt the State Department’s “agenda” was to minimize controversy from Clinton’s emails.
The classification of the email is a troublesome issue for the Clinton presidential campaign. In the more than 30,000 emails that were on the server, FBI Director James Comey claimed that 110 were classified. Additionally, 2,000 emails were “up-classified” to the level of Confidential.
Allegations that Kennedy engaged in a quid pro quo arrangement could be detrimental to both the Clinton campaign as well as Kennedy’s career.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, along with Devin Nunes (R-California), Chairman of Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, sent a letter on Monday to Secretary of State John Kerry, urging him to remove Kennedy from his position pending an independent investigation.
“Undersecretary Kennedy allegedly assured the FBI official that the State Department would ‘bury’ the email using a rare Freedom of Information Act exception (b)(9), which relates to geological and geophysical information,” the letter reads.
Trump commented on the bribe in a statement released by senior communications advisor Jason Miller:
“The news that top Clinton aide Patrick Kennedy tried to engage in a blatant quid pro quo for changing the classification level of several of Clinton’s emails shows a cavalier attitude towards protecting our nation’s secrets.”
“Kennedy must resign from the State Department immediately and Clinton must state he has no place in her administration if she is elected president.”
Fox’s Judge Napolitano explainsKennedy should be indicted and exactly why this is a huge deal.