State Department official Patrick Kennedy allegedly tried to shield Hillary Clinton by pressurizing the Federal Bureau of Investigation to say she did not have classified information on her private server email.
Documents released on Monday show that the State Department official tried to make the FBI back down on classifying the contents of an email from Hillary Clinton’s private email server. He offered a “quid pro quo” to the FBI while trying to get the Bureau to shift a single classified email to “unclassified.” However, the FBI claimed that it refused the request.
On the other hand, the State Department said that the “quid pro quo” accusation was not based on facts.
The FBI posted on Twitter, “There was never a quid pro quo, these allegations were nonetheless referred to the appropriate officials for review.”
It was reported that Hillary Clinton said it was her decision to use a private server in her home for work as U.S. secretary of state from 2009 to 2013. She also said that by doing so, she made a mistake, thus she apologized.
According to Reuters, Patrick Kennedy “pressured” FBI several times, according to one FBI official whose name has been redacted, to declassify information in one of Clinton’s emails.
The publication also noted that the email in particular was about the horrific 2012 attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya. The email contained facts that came out from the FBI, and it was certain that the Bureau had the final word on whether it would remain classified.
National Review reported Kennedy’s possible involvement in the 2012 Benghazi attacks. According to the report, he was the point man for security decisions, which eventually led to the incident.
FBI Statement: "There was never a quid pro quo, these allegations were nonetheless referred to the appropriate officials for review." FULL: pic.twitter.com/cezRG7Tt2P
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