Congress To Launch Investigation On State Department Official’s “Pay To Play” Scheme


State Department Undersecretary for Management Patrick Kennedy has been called upon by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to resign immediately, pending a full investigation into his interaction with the FBI during its investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

The FBI notes on the Clinton email investigation released on Monday suggested that Kennedy pressured the FBI to change the classification of certain emails on Clinton’s server to something less damning, according to The Daily Caller.

Allegedly the FBI found this pressure to be evidence that the State Department was moving to protect its former head.

Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes sent two emails, one to Secretary of State John Kerry and one to State Department Inspector General Steve Linick, asking for an independent investigation into the department for “apparent abuse of power by senior State Department personnel trying to influence classification determinations for emails sent or received by Secretary Clinton.”

The letters even referenced a “shadow government.”

“Those who receive classified intelligence should not barter in it,” read the letter. “That is reckless behavior with our nation’s secrets.”ć

“Someone who would try to get classification markings doctored should not continue serving in the State Department or retain access to classified information. Therefore President Obama and Secretary Kerry should immediately remove Under Secretary Kennedy pending a full investigation,” the letter continued.

It is impossible to imagine what would happen to the campaign of GOP nominee Donald Trump if such a scandal were to emerge involving someone in his camp. Well, actually it is possible.

However, since this is about Hillary Clinton, it will likely be largely ignored by the mainstream media.

Abuse of classified information warrants the removal of access to classified information for the future. Normally, anyway. Not for Hillary Clinton.

It’s “her turn,” after all.

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