The FBI released on Monday another 100 pages from the investigation into the private email server used by Hillary Clinton during her time as Secretary of State, with some of the documents laying bare a battle between the State Department and FBI over the handling of some of Clinton’s possibly classified emails.
Maybe the most interesting items involves a dispute with Undersecretary of State Patrick Kennedy, whom the FBI says pressured agents to change the classification of a document from “classified” to “unclassified.”
The document claims Kennedy offered a “quid pro quo” to the FBI for the classification change, saying the State Department would then allow the FBI “to place more Agents in countries where they are presently forbidden.”
The FBI documents redacted the name of someone who told investigators, that the belief was the State Department was trying to ‘minimize’ political fallout over Clinton’s emails, and any classified material contained therein.
Other documents indicate the dispute involved a document related to the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi – as the FBI accused Kennedy of wanting to change the classification to “allow him to archive the document in the basement” of the State Department, “never to be seen again.”
The newly released FBI documents also detail the investigation into the private companies that dealt with Clinton’s email server.
You can look at the documents on the FBI’s website.
On Capitol Hill, Speaker Paul Ryan swiftly weighed in on the new FBI document release.
“These documents further demonstrate Secretary Clinton’s complete disregard for properly handling classified information,” Ryan said in a written statement.
“Moreover, a senior State Department official’s attempt to pressure the FBI to hide the extent of this mishandling bears all the signs of a cover-up,” he added.