State official tried to ‘influence’ FBI on Clinton emails

A senior State Department official proposed a “quid pro quo” to convince the FBI to strip the classification on an email from Hillary Clinton’s server — and repeatedly tried to “influence” the bureau’s decision when his offer was denied, even taking his plea up the chain of command, according to newly released FBI documents.

It’s the same story Fox News reported Saturday about an allegation of quid pro quo involving a senior State Department official.

Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz, who initially told Fox News of the claim, called it a “flashing red light of potential criminality.”

Documents published Monday morning confirm the account. Notes from an interview with an unnamed FBI official reveal the State Department Undersecretary for Management Patrick Kennedy tried to horse-trade with the FBI, offering additional slots for the bureau overseas if they would de-classify a particular email marked “SECRET.”

According to the documents, an unnamed individual said he was “pressured” to “change the classified email to unclassified.”

Catherine Herridge, Chief Intelligence correspondent for FOX News Channel, reports that Patrick Kennedy served directly under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when she was using the server, and that he was the critical player in trying to get the email’s “SECRET” classification removed.

Kennedy wanted to change that classification to a code known as B9, a “rarely used, highly specialized code used for geographic intelligence” which would allow Kennedy to archive the document “in the basement of the State Department, never to be seen again.”

So clearly, “the objective was to shield the classification so that it would never be public” — and thus do “damage-control for Secretary Clinton.”