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FBI Denies ‘Quid Pro Quo’ in Hillary Clinton Email Investigation

FBI Director James Comey

FBI Director James Comey

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI defended itself against claims that the bureau engaged in a “quid pro quo” arrangement with Hillary Clinton’s State Department after Rep. Jason Chaffetz raised an allegation of “potential criminality” during an interview with Fox News last week.

Chaffetz, R-Utah, said recently released documents from the FBI’s year-long investigation into Clinton’s private email server suggested an “alleged quid pro quo” between an FBI official and Patrick Kennedy, the undersecretary for management for the State Department.

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

But according to CBS News, the FBI said no such arrangement occurred. In a statement, the FBI said the State Department asked the bureau to “review and make classification determinations on FBI emails and information” before the agency’s investigation into the Clinton server.

“A senior State Department official requested the FBI re-review that email to determine whether it was in fact classified or whether it might be protected from release under a different FOIA exemption,” the FBI wrote. “A now-retired FBI official, who was not part of the subsequent Clinton investigation, told the State Department official that they would look into the matter.”

The FBI maintains that the official raised a separate issue about employees abroad.

“Having been previously unsuccessful in attempts to speak with the senior State official, during the same conversation, the FBI official asked the State Department official if they would address a pending, unaddressed FBI request for space for additional FBI employees assigned abroad,” the bureau said.

“The FBI official consulted with a senior FBI executive responsible for determining the classification of the material and determined the email was in fact appropriately classified at the Secret level,” they continued. “The FBI official subsequently told the senior State official that the email was appropriately classified at the Secret level and that the FBI would not change the classification of the email. The classification of the email was not changed, and it remains classified today.”

Donald Trump Speculates – with No Proof – That FBI Granted Clinton Immunity

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Donald Trump on Thursday suggested that Hillary Clinton was given immunity, along with five of her staffers, during the yearlong FBI investigation into her use of a private email server.

But the Republican presidential candidate, who has a history of lying and misleading voters, couldn’t substantiate his claims that the FBI gave Clinton immunity.

“They gave so much immunity there was nobody left to talk to. There was nobody left, except Hillary,” he said, Politico reports. “They probably gave her immunity, too. Do you think Hillary got immunity? Yeah, she had the immunity. She had something.”

The FBI has denied Clinton was promised immunity.

What is clear is that five Clinton staffers, whom Trump dubbed the “FBI Immunity Five,” were granted immunity in exchange for information about the email server.

“You saw what happened about taking the Fifth Amendment, and her ring leaders getting immunity deals,” Trump said during a rally in Bedford, New Hampshire. “We’ll call them really the FBI Immunity Five.”

President Obama Pledges His Administration Won’t Protect Clinton During Investigation

obama1By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Obama pledged Sunday that his administration would not protect Hillary Clinton “in any way” during the investigation of her use of a private e-mail while she she was secretary of state.

“I can guarantee that,” Obama said in an interview on “Fox News Sunday.

“And not because I give Attorney General (Loretta) Lynch a directive; that is institutionally how we have always operated. I do not talk to the Attorney General about pending investigations. I do not talk to FBI directors about pending investigations. We have a strict line, and always have maintained it,” Obama added. “I guarantee that there is no political influence in any investigation conducted by the Justice Department, or the FBI, not just in this case, but in any case.”

He added: “Nobody gets treated differently when it comes to the Justice Department. Because nobody is above the law.”

Obama also said he doesn’t believe Clinton risked national security by using a private server.

“I continue to believe that she has not jeopardized America’s national security. Now what I’ve also said is that — and she has acknowledged — that there’s a carelessness, in terms of managing e-mails, that she has owned, and she recognizes,” Obama said. “But I also think it is important to keep this in perspective. This is somebody who has served her country for four years as secretary of state, and did an outstanding job. And no one has suggested that in some ways, as a consequence of how she’s handled e-mails … that detracted from her excellent ability to carry out her duties.”

Four of Clinton’s Top Aides Using Same Attorney in Case of Private E-Mail Server

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Four of Hillary Clinton’s closet aides are using the same attorney to represent them in the case of the former secretary of state’s private e-mail server.

It’s an unusual legal strategy that suggests the aides are telling investigators the same story, Politico reports. 

The lawyer is Beth Wilkinson, a former assistant U.S. attorney who prosecuted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.

Legal experts said the unique strategy carries risks if the four aides end up with different interests.

The FBI plans to soon begin interview top Clinton aides, and the quartet may be among them.

“The premise of employing the same counsel is that they believe there is not likely to be a situation where they start pointing a finger at one another to save their own skins — or perhaps at Secretary Clinton,” said Dan Metcalfe, founding director of the DOJ’s office of information and privacy. “And there’s a sense that if one of them goes down, they all go down. It shows they think they can coordinate the defense to everyone’s benefit.”