Hillary Clinton’s email woes grew with the revelation that a senior official in her State Department tried to sway the FBI to change the classification of an email on her private server, even dangling an offer to allow more FBI agents to deploy in a foreign country.
Republican nominee Donald Trump last night called for the resignation of the official, Undersecretary for Management Patrick F. Kennedy.
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“The State Department was trying to cover up Hillary’s crimes of sending classified information on a server our enemies could easily access,” Trump said during a rally in Wisconsin. “This is felony corruption by any standard. Undersecretary Kennedy needs to resign.”
Kennedy sought assistance in exchange for a “quid pro quo,” according to FBI investigative files released yesterday. But the FBI’s separate statement said it was the now-retired FBI official who first asked Kennedy about deploying more agents overseas. The FBI ultimately rejected the idea.
The email described reports in November 2012 that Libyan police were arresting suspects in the Benghazi attack. It had been forwarded to Clinton’s private email address.
Clinton campaign manager Brian Fallon said the campaign was not part of the discussions about email classifications.
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