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State’s Efforts to Downplay Hillary’s Classified Emails Deserve More Scrutiny

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U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton comments on the just-released Benghazi report as she speaks at Galvanize, a learning community for technology, in Denver, U.S. June 28, 2016. REUTERS/Rick Wilking
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton comments on the just-released Benghazi report as she speaks at Galvanize, a learning community for technology, in Denver, U.S. June 28, 2016. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

The following is an excerpt from STEPHEN F. HAYES | October 19, 2016 | Weeklystandard.com |

The continuing revelations about the Patrick Kennedy's efforts to hide or downplay the classified emails on Hillary Clinton's server will be overshadowed for the next two days by the third presidential debate Wednesday in Las Vegas. But this clear and compelling Wall Street Journal editorial offers a reminder of why the story deserves more coverage and why the corruption requires congressional hearings.

The latest FBI document release on Monday contains interviews with officials revealing that in spring 2015 Undersecretary of State Patrick Kennedy contacted an FBI official to coax the FBI to downgrade from classified to unclassified a Benghazi-related email that had sat on Mrs. Clinton's server. At the time Mrs. Clinton was still insisting she'd never transmitted classified information.

The headlines have focused on whether the Kennedy request to FBI official Brian McCauley was a quid pro quo: an offer that State would allow the FBI to place more agents in foreign countries, in exchange for downgrading the document. There is a dispute in the FBI interview notes over whether this was proposed by Mr. Kennedy or by Mr. McCauley, and both State and FBI deny an explicit tit for tat, as do Mr. Kennedy and Mr. McCauley. The FBI also did not downgrade the document. Yet even the FBI concedes it referred the "allegations" to "appropriate officials for review," which makes the episode ripe for Congressional investigation.

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