It’s now more than a suspicion that the FBI was in collusion with Hillary Clinton’s State Department to protect the former Secretary of State and current Democratic presidential nominee. A 100-page document which was released on Monday, October 17, reveals the existence of a group of high-ranking State Department officials internally referred to as “The 7th Floor Group” or “The Shadow Government,” an apropos double entendre. The group met every Wednesday afternoon to discuss Hillary Clinton-related Freedom of Information (FOIA) requests and congressional inquiries. Apparently, “The Shadow Government” originally wanted to release all of the FOIA-connected Clinton documents at once. However, the Group’s position was overruled in favor of a rolling document release.
The documents also reveal that Undersecretary of State Patrick Kennedy attempted to broker a “quid pro quo” with the FBI’s International Operations Division whereby the FBI would agree to alter the classification of some of Clinton’s emails. On page 28 of the 100-page document, the notes stipulate that Kennedy requested that a specific email be reclassified as a B9, a category that is used to protect geological and geophysical information and data, including maps. The B9 classification is significant in that it would have enabled the document to be archived in the basement of the Department of State and never made publicly available. The B9 classification is the most rarely used FOIA exemption. On page 28, it is also conveyed that the FBI representative who was in contact with Kennedy told him that “he would look into the matter if Kennedy would provide authority concerning the FBI’s request to increase its personnel in Iraq.”
The email which was dated November 18, 2012 and concerned possible arrests in conjunction with the Benghazi attacks was released in May, 2015 as part of a FOIA request. Representatives from both the FBI and the State Department deny the existence of the aforementioned “quid pro quo” arrangement. In addition, the additional FBI overseas slots never materialized. However, leading Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee and Oversight Committee Jason Chaffetz (Utah) and Devin Nunes (California) have published a joint statement where they described the “allegations” as “disturbing” and asked for Kennedy to be relieved of his duties.
Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. As a result of the WikiLeaks’ data dumps and other sources, Hillary Clinton already has an extensive paper trail of impropriety between the State Department and the Clinton Foundation donors. We have recently witnessed the Department of Justice shielding Mrs. Clinton by dropping its case against Marc Turi, the American arms dealer who armed Libyan rebels. And of course, we have also observed unprecedented coziness between Clinton staffers and the press. In July when FBI Director James Comey announced that the FBI would not prosecute Clinton for miss-handling classified information, many people were “floored,” including the 100 or so FBI agents and DOJ career prosecutors who participated in the email investigation. At the time, Comey insisted that this decision was based on the evidence, not on politics.
So much for transparency.
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