Uh oh. Looks like there might be evidence of a quid pro quo situation that occurred when Hillary Clinton was in the State Dept., and if so, that is not a good thing.
From The Hill:
According to emails released by the FBI, a State Department official pressured the FBI to alter the “top secret” classification of an email regarding possible arrests in the Benghazi attacks because it “caused problems,” FBI officials told investigators during the agency’s probe into Hillary Clinton’s email server.
The two unnamed officials reported an alleged quid pro quo arrangement with the State Department, under which the FBI would declassify the document in exchange for expanded authorities in Iraq.
Both the FBI and State Department have pushed back fiercely on the allegations, characterizing the law enforcement agency’s request for further personnel overseas as a separate matter.
According to documents released Monday, officials told investigators that during that process, Undersecretary of State Patrick Kennedy petitioned officials to declassify the Benghazi document and place it under a FOIA exemption known as “B9,” which “would allow him to archive the document in the basement of [the Department of State] never to be seen again.”
Donald Trump has already jumped on this, obviously, but is it enough to really hurt Hillary at this point? I am assuming it will be brought up at Wednesday’s debate…let’s hope she has a good answer.
Let us know in the comments below!