Brett Franklin ’18, Assistant Business Manager
New documents revealed on Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, that FBI agents received a “quid pro quo” by a leading State Department official. The deal was to unclassify an email from Hillary Clinton’s private server in exchange for granting the bureau to work in countries where it is prohibited from.
The FBI documents proclaim that Patrick Kennedy, Undersecretary of State, proposed the trade to the agents in order to support Clinton’s claim that she did not receive nor send any classified documents while Secretary of State. After consistently denying those claims, Clinton has recently admitted to them while under oath.
Abby Greenblatt ’18, a member of Staples Young Republicans, was not startled by the bribery.
“I am not surprised it seems exactly like that kind of thing she would do and I am just interested to see how people will attempt to defend her,” Greenblatt said.
The documents that were recently revealed can show that Kennedy offered a trade between the State Department and the FBI.
“[Redacted] indicated he had been contacted by Kennedy, Undersecretary of State, who had asked his assistance in altering the email’s classification in exchange for a ‘quid pro quo,” according to the documents that summarized interviews the FBI conducted while investigating Clinton’s emails.
The FBI interview notes suggested that Kennedy offered a deal that the State Department can only grant.
The documents added, “[Redacted] advised that in exchange for marking the email unclassified, state would reciprocate by allowing the FBI to place more agents in countries where they are presently forbidden.”
Other students like Paige O’Brien ’18 was also not shocked by the recent revelations.
“I wasn’t surprised. I have always known that Hillary has not had the proper FBI investigation to uncover her hidden emails. The State Department bribing with a pay to play just supports that Hillary is not fit to run this country,” O’Brien said. “This shows parts of our dirty past coming into the future. We cannot just leave this unresolved in the past because Hillary is possibly our future leader. Quite honestly I am scared for our future”
Many Republicans are calling for Kennedy’s resignation after the revelations of the recent FBI interview notes, while many are also curious as to how this new revelation is going to affect the Oct. 19 presidential debate.
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