FBI docs show State Dept. officials discussed deal to re-classify Clinton email in exchange for FBI jobs overseas.
New allegations of a quid pro quo arrangement — thins one between a senior State Department official and agents of the FBI, were disclosed through interview summaries and notes that the bureau released to Congress.
The apparent arrangement occurred during the FBI’s investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email scandal, and was disclosed to Fox News chief Intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge by two separate congressional sources.
“This is a flashing red light of potential criminality,” Rep. Jason Chaffetz told Fox News.
“There was an alleged quid pro quo” involving Undersecretary for Management Patrick Kennedy and the FBI “over at least one classified email,” the Utah Republican continued.
“In return for altering the classification, the possibility of additional slots for the FBI at missions overseas was discussed,” Chaffetz said.
According to Fox News:
As Fox News previously reported, interviews released earlier this month, known as 302s, reveal the serious allegation that Kennedy applied pressure to subordinates to change classified email codes so they would be shielded from Congress and the public. Fox News was told as far back as August 2015 that Kennedy was running interference on Capitol Hill. But Kennedy, in his FBI interview on Dec. 21, 2015, “categorically rejected” allegations of classified code tampering.
Chaffetz said that the allegations came through witnesses and not from a reading of the actual documents, which contain classified information.
“Both myself and Chairman Devin Nunes of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence are infuriated by what we have heard,” he added.
“Left to their own devices the FBI would never have provided these [records] to Congress and waited until the last minute. This is the third batch because [the FBI] didn’t think they were relevant,” Chaffetz said.
A second congressional source confirmed Chaffetz’s assessment and added that the FBI interviews could be released to the public as soon as Monday. An FBI spokesman, however, disputed the conclusions reached by Chaffetz as much ado about nothing in a lengthy statement.