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FBI Accused of “Quid Pro Quo” in Clinton Investigation

Monday, October 17, 2016 9:32
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Monday marked the release of another 100 pages of notes and documents from the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. The notes give Americans a deeper look into what ultimately convinced the Bureau that she was innocent of any plausible charges. Although, if you’re looking for evidence that would justify James Comey’s assertion that “no reasonable prosecutor” would take the case, you’ll probably be disappointed.

In announcing his recommendation to the Justice Department this summer, Comey said that Clinton and her aides had been “extremely careless” when handling classified information. Everything released in this and prior document dumps has confirmed that diagnosis. And Republicans are poring over the new pages to see if there’s anything there to explain how the FBI director arrived at a seemingly impossible conclusion.

For his part, Comey has said the FBI did an exemplary job. “I want the American people to know we really did this the right way. You can disagree with us, but you cannot fairly say we did it in any kind of political way,” Comey told Congress in July. “We don’t carry water for anybody. We were trying to do what the right thing is.”

In the new releases, one of the most damning revelations has nothing to do with Hillary specifically. Rather, it appears that Undersecretary of State Patrick Kennedy tried to change the classification markings on Clinton’s emails, perhaps to protect the State Department. According to one anonymous individual interviewed by the FBI, Kennedy asked the FBI to lower the classifications “in exchange for a ‘quid pro quo.’”

State Department officials have denied that any such tampering took place.

Utah Republican Jason Chaffetz isn’t buying the denial.

“In return for altering the classification, the possibility of additional slots for the FBI at missions overseas was discussed,” Chaffetz said.

We don’t know for sure who’s lying and who’s telling the truth, but isn’t that really the point? This whole deal stinks to high heaven. Even the truth carries the lingering stench of deception. There are so many layers of BS between the American people and the truth that it’s hard to even know where to look. Who is on our side? Anyone?

The Democrats can run around all they want saying how Donald Trump is endangering democracy by speculating on a “rigged” election, but the real threat to democracy is an opaque, secretive government. If giving Americans the truth weakens democracy, then democracy isn’t worth having.

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