WASHINGTON (CBSNewYork/AP)  — FBI documents show a senior State Department staffer sought to change the classification level of an email from Hillary Clinton’s private server.

The FBI on Monday released 100 more pages from its now-closed investigation into whether the Democratic presidential nominee mishandled sensitive government information.

According to the notes, in 2015, State Department Under Secretary for Management Patrick F. Kennedy contacted an FBI official whose name was redacted.


Kennedy asked that the FBI’s classification level on an email related to the 2012 attacks on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, be changed. Kennedy said that would ensure the document would be archived, “never to be seen again.”

The FBI did not change the classification level. The Associated Press reported about the secret Benghazi-related email in May 2015.

Trump’s campaign seized on the newly released FBI records as evidence of collusion within the Obama administration to protect Clinton.

Trump adviser retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn said in a statement that the documents “provide undeniable proof” that Clinton colluded with the FBI, Justice Department and State Department “to cover up criminal activity at the highest levels.”

He said Clinton “has recklessly put our national security at extreme risk.”

Meanwhile, Clinton’s camp is facing yet another embarrassing trove of hacked emails released by WikiLeaks, including some believed to be from her campaign chairman John Podesta discussing how her failure to express remorse for her private email server would hurt her.

A CBS News Battleground Tracker poll shows that 55 percent of voters polled think Clinton has different motives in private than in public and only 33 percent believe she tells the truth.

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Comments (9)
  1. Ryan says:

    “if you accept wikileaks data dumps you MUST accept illegal search and seizures , fruit from the poison tree in court of law. What could go wrong folks??”

    This is Not an apples to apples comparison. Hillary’s private life, or any other elected official private life is one thing. It’s an entirely different story when it comes to their Professional Life.
    Employers are allowed to monitor their employees. And government officials are employees that are paid by tax dollars, therefore we have the right to monitor their professional actions.

  2. Paul Stewart says:

    “….whether the Democratic presidential nominee mishandled sensitive government information.”


    Pretty sure even the corrupt in her pocket FBI director characterized her handling of classified information as “extremely careless”

    But yeah, let’s run a story that one of her own staffers was trying to get poor Hillary in trouble, And it’s still up in the air if she “mishandled” anything., like that is even possible considering her impunity and the coverup by the Obama administration and mainstream news.

    How do you people look yourselves in the mirror, sleep at night, teach your children right from wrong?

  3. Herb says:

    The wiki leaks can’t be used because its stolen property.

    1. Yadja says:

      Don’t hold your breath. They are being used, they will be used and it is no different from any other leaks and most leaked right that is what got Nixon thrown out.

  4. Yadja says:

    So why did they wait so long? Why wait until after the election? How is it going to prosecute a sitting president then if she is found guilty Kaine is president what a mess that would be. They are a day late and the truth short.

    So take her out now and Obama. Save us all.

  5. James says:

    The narrative from the Democrats has been that Russia has been behind the leaks and that Wikileaks is working on collusion with the Russians to intentionally tamper with the Clinton campaign. The Democrats seem to have a very short term memory because Wikileaks has released a tremendous amount of embarrassing information about republican activity especially during the Iraq war. Donald Trump isn’t a career politician with a lifetime of devious political deals behind him. So perhaps they simply have no information about him to share at this time. Also, the narrative put forth by the Democrats that the Russians are behind the leak is unsubstantiated. No one is aware of the source of the leak or what the motive is, many have floated the idea that Seth Rich was the source of the email leak. The truth is, no one knows. Clinton is caught with her pants down because she and he campaign have behaved deceitfully.

  6. Tony says:

    if you accept wikileaks data dumps you MUST accept illegal search and seizures , fruit from the poison tree in court of law. What could go wrong folks??

    Will you then accept illegal hacking of RNC? Trump? Your favorite senator, congress member? Willingly join subversive efforts with foreign actors?

    Be CAREFUL what you wish for..

    1. TOny, that’s absurd. Across the board. WIkileaks is doing what journalists in this country used to do.

      You sound like the very person that gave Obama a pass when he ordered the tapping of the AP Washington bureau’s phone lines. 24 of them… plus a reporters cell phone… plus his parents’ home upstate.

      wikileaks declares, “we open governments.”

      that’s exactly the way it should be.

      it’s so funny… people (liberals) scream wikileaks is illegal, and it’s the very thing the media used to do.

  7. Tony says:

    so the FBI has a job to do, and Pat Kennedy has been identified.
    What is the problem?

    Every elected official in congress and in the executive branch has staffers. Some good, some bad, purge the bad.

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