FBI records: Effort to reduce Clinton email classification

Hillary Clinton reportedly'insulted and embarrassed ambassadors by choosing to ride in a limousine with aide Huma Abedin while secretary of state

Other officials have made similar complaints of unusual pressure not to mark information as classified in Clinton's emails a year ago.

Clinton has said her decision to use a private server in her home for her work as the U.S. secretary of state from 2009 to 2013 was a mistake and has apologized.

One former Diplomatic Security agent, for example, told FBI investigators that Clinton "blatantly" disregarded State Department security protocols while she was secretary of state. It became the subject of a House Oversight Committee investigation, which first began looking into her email in connection with an attack on a USA consulate in Libya in 2012.

The State Department also batted back Chaffetz's accusation, with deputy spokesperson Mark Toner releasing a statement Sunday that "t$3 his allegation is inaccurate and does not align with the facts". An FBI staffer accuses a top state department official of pressuring the bureau to declarify an e-mail found on that server.

But the FBI's IOD official didn't offer to alter the classification - he offered to look into whether the email should be declassified, according to notes of the FBI official's interview with federal investigators.

Consider what would happen if the middle manager or legal counsel at XYZ Corporation, whose CEO is under FBI investigation, were to offer perks and valuables to FBI agents individually or collectively as a quid pro quo for a reframing of the investigation.

Donald Trump has made its way by blaming Clinton for her irresponsible way of handling classified information, which could ostensibly put national security at risk, especially when she was holding the position of secretary of state. The FBI was not granted additional personnel in Iraq. "Although there was never a quid pro quo, these allegations were nonetheless referred to the appropriate officials for review". The State Department, at the time, was producing emails to publish in accordance to Freedom of Information Act requests.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would choose to ride in the limousine with her deputy chief of staff Huma Abedin over local U.S. ambassadors- embarrassing them
FBI records: Effort to reduce Clinton email classification

The notes released a total of 100 pages and are the FBI's fourth release of materials related to its now-closed investigation of Clinton's use of a private email server.

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".

Still, the idea that Kennedy had tried to change a classification (presumably to make it look better for Clinton), sparked two members of Congress to call for Secretary of State John Kerry to fire Kennedy.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton pauses as she speaks during an election night event at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Fla., Tuesday, March 15, 2016. The implication here that a top state department official was trying to protect Hillary Clinton from the political fallout of having classified information on her private server.

In an interview on Monday, Trump said Russian Federation "can't stand" either Democrat. "The more documents that come out, the more we learn Hillary Clinton can not be trusted with a job that is supposed to begin each day with a classified intelligence briefing".

In a joint statement, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., called Kennedy's actions "extremely disturbing" and "reckless". Ron Johnson and House Speaker Paul Ryan.

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