State aide sought to change clas­si­fi­ca­tion of Clin­ton email

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

A se­nior State Depart­ment of­fi­cial asked the FBI to help last year in re­duc­ing the clas­si­fi­ca­tion of an email from Hil­lary Clin­ton’s pri­vate server, ac­cord­ing to FBI in­ves­tiga­tive files made public Mon­day. It was to be part of a bar­gain that would have al­lowed the FBI to de­ploy more agents in for­eign coun­tries, ac­cord­ing to the files.

The bureau records, cit­ing an FBI of­fi­cial whose name was cen­sored, said Un­der­sec­re­tary for Man­age­ment Pa­trick F. Kennedy sought as­sis­tance in ex­change for a “quid pro quo.” But the FBI’s sep­a­rate state­ment Mon­day said it was the now-re­tired FBI of­fi­cial who first asked Kennedy about de­ploy­ing more agents over­seas.

The FBI ul­ti­mately re­jected the idea, which would have al­lowed the State Depart­ment to archive a mes­sage re­lated to the 2012 at­tacks on the U.S. diplo­matic com­pound in Beng­hazi, Libya, in the base­ment of its Wash­ing­ton head­quar­ters “never to be seen again,” ac­cord­ing to the files.

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