Effort to reduce Clinton email classification — Federal Bureau of Investigation records

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The FBI notes and documents released Monday offer a different version of events than has been recounted in recent days, based on an FBI staffer's second- or third-hand account of what he called a "quid pro quo" for declassifying the Benghazi-related email.

According to the FBI's statement to CBS News, "Although there was never a quid pro quo, these allegations were nonetheless referred to the appropriate officials for review". "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", Priebus said in his statement. He's worked for six secretary of states in senior management positions since 1993, according to the Washington Post.

"Kennedy further stated that the 'B9" classification would allow him to archive the document in the basement of DoS [Department of State] never to be seen again'. The classification of the email was not changed, and it remains classified today. "After the conversation took place about the upgrading classification, at the end of that, there was a kind of, 'Oh, by the way, hey, we're looking at how we want more slots" in Iraq, Toner said, calling it a "clear pivot" in the topic of conversation.

"Steinbach refused to do so", according to the notes. In fiscal 2015, the Obama administration cited it only 46 times out of 769,903 information requests.

State said the email was released, with redactions, in May 2015 as part of its Freedom of Information Act disclosure.

He made the request in relation to an email about the 2012 attacks on the USA diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya.

That's a tough position to hold in light of Kennedy's attempted quid pro quo, which suggests that at least some people at State were actively trying to fiddle with classification determinations made by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"The notes continued: "[REDACTED] advised that, in exchange for marking the email unclassified, STATE would reciprocate by allowing the Federal Bureau of Investigation to place more Agents in countries where they are presently forbidden". "Classification is an art, not a science, and individuals with classification authority sometimes have different views".

The FBI released the 100 new pages of material to the public on Monday. A posting on the Secretary of State's security detail was once seen as "an honor and privilege reserved for senior agents", the agent said.

Republicans were quick to condemn the new revelations. She has called using the private system was a "mistake", while her Republican opponent Donald Trump has said it's a crime and told her in the second presidential debate that "you'd be in jail" if he wins on November 8.

His campaign released a statement from spokesman Jason Miller calling the documents "deeply disturbing". "The Clinton campaign must immediately disavow Kennedy and give the American people a full accounting of any communication relating to the request to change the classification levels on certain emails". "It's not uncommon for officials within a department to fight over classification", he said.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, said in a statement that the documents prove that "our aggressive oversight work in the House is so important".

"This is a flashing red light of potential criminality", Chaffetz said.

"Those who receive classified intelligence should not barter in it", the letters read. "Someone who would try to get classification markings doctored should not continue serving in the State Department or retain access to classified information".

And the Republican National Committee also seized on the exchange, saying the White House was trying to "shield" Clinton.

That exchange could create one more headache for Hillary Clinton, who for more than a year has struggled to move beyond questions about her private email server and whether she shared classified information in an unclassified setting.



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