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Reports: “Quid Pro Quo” Discussed Between State and FBI in Hillary Investigation

Reports: “Quid Pro Quo” Discussed Between State and FBI in Hillary Investigation

“This is a flashing red light of potential criminality”

The Hillary Clinton email scandal just got much worse. New files indicate the possibility of “quid pro quo” between the State Department and the FBI.

FOX News reports:

New FBI files contain allegations of ‘quid pro quo’ in Clinton’s emails

FBI interview summaries and notes, provided late Friday to the House Government Oversight and Intelligence Committees, contain allegations of a “quid pro quo” between a senior State Department executive and FBI agents during the Hillary Clinton email investigation, two congressional sources told Fox News.

“This is a flashing red light of potential criminality,” Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah, who has been briefed on the FBI interviews, told Fox News.

He said “there was an alleged quid pro quo” involving Undersecretary for Management Patrick Kennedy and the FBI “over at least one classified email.”

“In return for altering the classification, the possibility of additional slots for the FBI at missions overseas was discussed,” Chaffetz said.

An FBI spokesman provided this statement to FOX News:

Prior to the initiation of the FBI’s investigation of former Secretary Clinton’s personal email server, the FBI was asked to review and make classification determinations on FBI emails and information which were being produced by the State Department pursuant to FOIA. The FBI determined that one such email was classified at the Secret level.

A senior State Department official requested the FBI re-review that email to determine whether it was in fact classified or whether it might be protected from release under a different FOIA exemption. A now-retired FBI official, who was not part of the subsequent Clinton investigation, told the State Department official that they would look into the matter. Having been previously unsuccessful in attempts to speak with the senior State official, during the same conversation, the FBI official asked the State Department official if they would address a pending, unaddressed FBI request for space for additional FBI employees assigned abroad.

Following the call, the FBI official consulted with a senior FBI executive responsible for determining the classification of the material and determined the email was in fact appropriately classified at the Secret level. The FBI official subsequently told the senior State official that the email was appropriately classified at the Secret level and that the FBI would not change the classification of the email. The classification of the email was not changed, and it remains classified today. Although there was never a quid pro quo, these allegations were nonetheless referred to the appropriate officials for review.

The Weekly Standard has more:

An Attempted Hillary Email Coverup?

A senior State Department official repeatedly pressed the FBI to change the classification of emails stored on Hillary Clinton’s private server, according to FBI interview summaries set to be released in the coming days. Patrick Kennedy, the undersecretary of state for management, discussed providing additional overseas slots for the FBI in exchange for revisions to classifications of the sensitive emails.

The 34 summaries, known as FBI “302s,” will be released in connection with a Freedom of Information Act request and after pressure from the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Two additional 302s are being withheld because they contain information classified at the Top Secret/SAP level.

The summaries, described to THE WEEKLY STANDARD by five intelligence and congressional officials familiar with their contents, are sure to bolster Donald Trump’s criticism of corruption at Clinton’s State Department, the FBI and Washington, D.C., with just more than three weeks until the 2016 presidential election.

Twitchy has collected some Twitter reactions to this story:

That last tweet is sadly true.


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Nothing is a “scandal” unless ABCNBCCBSCNN say it is.

And who do you call when in the banana republic phase? The FBI? DOJ? GOPe? Corrupt and useless MSM?

Megyn Kelly says “…what we do actually is important.”

Really? This massive corruption has been brought on by the MSM.

More Clinton slime. Everything they touch is corrupted in a evil and vile way!

God help our nation if Crooked Hillary is elected!

People and agencies destroyed by their illegal activities.
Is there one Honorable person who will stop this?

OK, without more information here, this sounds like it was no more serious than, “Hey, while I’ve FINALLY got you on the phone, what can you tell me about those additional slots we need overseas?”

Not only was there not a quid pro quo here, it could be shown that none was ever suggested.

    moonmoth in reply to Ragspierre. | October 16, 2016 at 11:40 am

    Let’s see how that “innocent explanation” goes over with a jury.

    Common Sense in reply to Ragspierre. | October 16, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    Hey have you guys noticed how every time some new damaging information comes out we are told we just don’t have enough information about what is going on to make a determination. Oh this is just nothing! Move along, nothing to see here.
    Spin masters continue to spin the compliant media!

      OnlyRightDissentAllowed in reply to Common Sense. | October 16, 2016 at 5:13 pm

      Because this is just nothing! Move along, nothing to see here.

      I know you wish there was a coup de grace, but it seems like early drafts, campaign give and take, suggestions that go nowhere and hypothetical scenarios.

      You don’t think KellyAnne is doing the same? Well, maybe not because Trump is deranged and won’t listen.

      I was quite worried about what WikiLeaks might have. But after reading all of the articles on THIS site, not the MSM, I am no longer worried. If they had a bomb, Wiki would have already thrown it. It makes no sense to hold it back. Besides I am sure the Clintons have plenty of oppo left. In fact, I would bet on that rather than Wiki.

        So, you’re fine with Bill and Hillary receiving lavish gifts from Saudi Arabia and Qatar, which Hillary acknowledges is supporting ISIS financially and logistically. Just as you’re fine with the Clinton Foundation receiving millions from those same countries. And with Hillary bragging to her Wall Street friends that she’s been so successful in promoting fracking worldwide, while posing as an environmentalist to her gullible supporters.

        You’re right — nothing to see, and nothing to fear as long as the MSM are in her corner, asking her approval for the articles they write and tipping her off as to the questions that she’ll be asked in debates.

          OnlyRightDissentAllowed in reply to moonmoth. | October 16, 2016 at 9:59 pm

          Admittedly it is hard choice when compared with a life-time grifter who has never done anything for anyone but himself and thinks Putin is going to be his buddy.

          Yes, it is a hard choice when Trump can’t let the slightest criticism go unanswered and Hillary is keeping her kool.

          Not much point to this exchange, eh? So far, WikiLeaks is a bust while Trump is melting down from the groping incidents. Trump has never had to live in a world were he doesn’t get his way. I hate to see him try to learn on the most important job we have. Maybe he should try being a mayor first?

    Ragspierre in reply to Ragspierre. | October 16, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    Yet, if you read the piece, you either have to concede that what is described could be totally innocent…


    you have to read the plain meanings of the words that recite there was no quid pro quo.

      Arminius in reply to Ragspierre. | October 17, 2016 at 4:27 pm

      America has handed me BBQ fork. And given me the choice; I can either use it to stab myself in my johnson or in my eye. What it boils down to is this; I have two eyes.

      Hold it against me if you want to. I’ll be stabbing myself in the eye in November and voting Trump.

      Thank you, America, for bringing me to this!

This just reinforces the view that the FBI and State are both corrupt. There are no fears in DC of going to jail or even of being fired for corruption. Remember Sandy Berger? The man was caught stealing restricted documents in his UNDERWEAR and he still got off! IRS chief Koskenin was caught lying to Congress on several occasions and he is still there. Loretta Lynch was caught meeting with slimy bill clinton on her plane just before hillary’s interview with the FBI and no one seemed upset except honest people, of which there are few in DC. We are finding out many things, through Wikileaks, that under normal circumstances would at least bring an investigation but not now since they ALL involve hillary or her cronies! This may well go down in our history as the most corrupt period in DC and the msm in American history.

Quit looking for evidence of criminal behavior. What difference does it make?

The FBI found criminal behavior. The found serious criminal activity. They chose to ignore it for the Party’s sake.

    Not according to Rags.

    I’m waiting for the Wikileak that shows he’s on retainer to the Hildebeeste.


      This is the second out-of-the-blue nastiness about Rags I’ve read in five minutes (the other was not SDN). Here’s a hint: if you continually obsess about, stalk, harass, and otherwise instigate Rags, you will be the target of Rags’ (or someone else’s) venom. And no one here will care one bit. In fact, these snide remarks (and not just from you, SDN) put you, not Rags, in the wrong. Can you not see that?

      randian in reply to SDN. | October 16, 2016 at 9:58 pm

      Him and Only Right.

      Ragspierre in reply to SDN. | October 17, 2016 at 7:59 am

      What’s funny here is that SDN didn’t just lie about me, but the lie is so bizarre.

      I’ve been as outspoken in my loathing and disgust of Hellary, and my gobsmacked reaction to Comey as anyone here.

        Arminius in reply to Ragspierre. | October 17, 2016 at 4:46 pm

        None of this is rationale. I’m no doubt in the minority, although I can’t be the only one commenting here, and please don’t thank me for my service, who retired from the military. The last thing I ever wanted to see was Hillary Clinton becoming President. It’s a disgrace.

        So you know what was the second to last thing I wanted to see? Trump as the GOP nominee. I have in all seriousness shitcanned better people than all four of our choices this November. Five if you count Evan McMullin.

        I love my country. Apparently it doesn’t love me back. I would say, “Shoot me now” but I have nieces and nephews who will require my training and guidance. So I can’t just check out.

Bear in mind that this is some of the “irrelevant” information that the FBI had withheld from Congress to “make Try Gowdy’s life easier”. Chaffetz had to issue a subpoena to get it., .