An unnamed FBI official alleges Patrick Kennedy asked agency to downgrade classified email in exchange for FBI agents in more countries. - From POLITICO
McCaskill and Benjamin Cunningham By Rachael Bade and John Bresnahan By Ben White and Andrew Hanna By Jake Sherman, Anna Palmer and Daniel Lippman By Darren Samuelsohn and Hadas Gold By Cristiano Lima and Kristen East Documents released by the FBI contain an accusation that Pat Kennedy, under secretary of state for management, tried in late June or early July of last year to get the FBI to change a classified email to unclassified, in exchange for State Department “allowing the FBI to place more Agents in countries where they are presently forbidden.” | Getty A top State Department official allegedly “pressured” the FBI to downgrade the classification of one of Hillary Clinton’s emails as part of a “quid pro quo,” according to documents released by the bureau on Monday.
The accusation of such an arrangement came from an interview the FBI conducted with an official in its records management division.
In the interview, the unnamed official says that Patrick Kennedy, undersecretary of state for management, tried in late June or early July of last year to get the FBI to change a classified email to unclassified, in exchange for the State Department allowing the FBI to place agents in more countries.
The classification of the email was not changed, and it remains classified today.
In one of the most sweeping allegations in the documents released on Monday, an unnamed official interviewed by the FBI accuses the State Department of being in cahoots with Clinton.