One of Hillary Clinton's (debunked) claims when the email story broke was that no classified emails went through her homebrew, basement server.
Well, now it is reported that an official at the State Department tried to make at least one of Mrs. Clinton's classified emails unclassified–retroactively.
He reportedly approached the FBI with an offer that, if they would reclassify the email, in return State would authorize the FBI to operate in places where it is currently forbidden.
The FBI documents show that Undersecretary of State Patrick Kennedy pitched the deal to the unnamed agent, allegedly as part of an effort to back up Clinton’s claim that she did not send or receive classified documents on the server in her Westchester home.
“[Redacted] indicated he had been contacted by [Kennedy], Undersecretary of State, who had asked his assistance in altering the e-mail’s classification in exchange for a ‘quid pro quo,’ ” according to the documents, which summarized interviews the feds conducted in the summer of 2015 while investigating Clinton’s e-mail practices.
“[Redacted] advised that in exchange for marking the e-mail unclassified, STATE would reciprocate by allowing the FBI to place more Agents in countries where they are presently forbidden,” the document added.
One State Department staffer described feeling “immense pressure” to complete the review quickly and to not label anything as classified.
Officials were told there was nothing classified in the 296 emails about Benghazi that were among those under review, the document stated.
State’s inspector general also told the FBI that Kennedy’s “tone and tenor were definitely not positive when dealing” with his office.
We've witnessed the IRS, whose unjustified , prolonged tiny of applications from tea party groups may have affected the outcome of the 2012 presidential election, make a Houdini like escape from congressional action. Congress seemed utterly helpless to obtain information and take action to ensure that nothing like this happens again.
Meanwhile, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has become a virtual law-making entity through the skillful use of regulations.
And now this story appears to show us that a putrid deal was put forward to shield the likely next president of the U.S. (if polls are correct) from her own actions.
The FBI apparently did not reclassify the email. .
Still, developments like these have bred a certain hopelessness into freedom-loving citizens who see government growing ever larger and the high and mighty able to do just about anything.