October 19, 2016

Quid Pro Quo Allegations Rock State Department

New allegations against a top State Department official have rocked the State Department and the FBI and opened up the festering wound that is the Clinton email scandal once again. Notes from the investigation have revealed that Undersecretary of State Patrick Kennedy sought a quid pro quo arrangement to have a Clinton email not be recognized as classified:

“According to notes from interviews conducted during an FBI investigation into Clinton’s email practices, Undersecretary of State Patrick Kennedy personally tried to convince FBI officials that the email should be declassified. One interviewee described feeling ‘pressured’ by another FBI official at Kennedy’s request.”

These new allegations raise questions into the propriety of the Clinton email investigation, FBI agents felt pressured by Kennedy’s request:

“An FBI records management official told the FBI in one interview that a member of the International Operations Division (IOD) told him that Kennedy had reached out to have an email unclassified in exchange for a ‘quid pro quo,’ according to the records management official, documents revealed Monday show. The records management official said the IOD official “pressured” him to change the email’s classification.”

Undersecretary Kennedy is no stranger to controversy. A FOIA obtained by America Rising showed that an investigation into the use of prostitutes by U.S. Ambassador Howard Gutman was stopped by Kennedy after only two days.

Kennedy also played a serious role in the Benghazi tragedy. Kennedy’s job put him in charge of security for the Benghazi compound:

“Together with the conclusions of previous investigations, the new Senate findings are likely to increase pressure on Patrick F. Kennedy, the under secretary of state for management, whose office oversees diplomatic security. Republicans on the committee noted that Mr. Kennedy held a similar job in the prelude to the bombings of two American Embassies in East Africa in 1998 and should be held accountable for the Benghazi tragedy.”

Kennedy was also among the first at the State Department to be informed that the Benghazi crisis was a terrorist attack. It’s not surprising then that Kennedy’s actions related to the Benghazi attack have been heavily criticized. Given the starring role Kennedy has played in many of the State Department’s worst moments, he should immediately resign.