Do the FBI files on Hillary Clinton’s email scandal reveal possible evidence tampering?
Hillary Clinton said a few weeks ago in regard to her email scandal that there was allot of smoke but no fire. Of course we all know where there is smoke there is fire and now maybe that fire is beginning to kindle because according to this story the files the FBI released several weeks ago are spawning allegations of evidence tampering.
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Buried in the 189 pages of heavily redacted FBI witness interviews from the Hillary Clinton email investigation are details of yet another mystery — about two missing “bankers boxes” filled with the former secretary of state’s emails.
The interviews released earlier this month, known as 302s, also reveal the serious allegation that senior State Department official Patrick Kennedy applied pressure to subordinates to change the classified email codes so they would be shielded from Congress and the public.
The details about the boxes are contained in five pages of the FBI file – with a staggering 111 redactions – that summarize the statements of a State Department witness who worked in the “Office of Information Programs and Services (IPS).” The employee told the FBI that, “Initially, IPS officials were told there were 14 bankers boxes of former Secretary of State Hillary CLINTON’s emails at CLINTON’s Friendship Heights office.” Friendship Heights is a neighborhood that straddles the Northwest neighborhood of the District of Columbia and Maryland.
The State Department witness further explained to the FBI that “on or about December 5, 2014, IPS personnel picked up only 12 bankers boxes of CLINTON’s emails from Williams & Connolly.”
The officials were not sure if the boxes “were consolidated or what could have happened to the two other boxes. “
One official stated Patrick Kennedy applied pressure to his underlings to change the email codes so that the Congress would not see them but was not sure if the boxes were just consolidated. It seems to me that if they were consolidated many of the missing emails would not be missing but that is just speculation on my part but there is more:
Over five pages of the single-spaced summary notes, the witness, whose name is redacted, alleges Clinton’s team which included Undersecretary for Management Patrick Kennedy played classification games to confuse and obfuscate the formal FOIA review process.
“(Redacted) believed there was interference with the formal FOIA review process. Specifically, STATE’s Near East Affairs Bureau upgraded several of CLINTON’s emails to a classified level with a B(1) release exemption. (Redacted) along with (redacted) attorney, Office of Legal Counsel called STATE’s Near East Affairs Bureau and told them they could use a B(5) exemption on an upgraded email to protect it instead of the B(1) exemption.”
In early May 2015, the witness reported, “… KENNEDY held a closed-door meeting with (redacted) and (redacted) DOJ’s Office of Information Programs where KENNEDY pointedly asked (redacted) to change the FBI’s classification determination regarding one of CLINTON’s emails, which the FBI considered classified. The email was related to FBI counter-terrorism operations.”
The first question that comes to my mind is, was it possible for officials in order to change the email codes to consolidate the boxes or not? The next question is, did the FBI do any follow up on this blockbuster claim before making the claim there was no evidence “Secretary Clinton or her colleagues intended to violate laws governing the handling of classified information” because I would think that instructing people to change FBI classifications would constitute some type of nefarious intent.
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