And yet, the discussion is there in black and white, reported by two different FBI agents.
Via The Hill:
President Obama on Tuesday tried to pour cold water on evidence that the State Department had pressured the FBI not to classify one email in former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s archive.
One day after the FBI released notes in which one unidentified bureau official said they had been offered a “quid pro quo” to not classify the email, Obama dismissed the concern as pure speculation.
“I think you’ve heard directly from both the FBI and the State Department that the notion or the accounts that have been put out there are just not true,” Obama said at a press conference in the White House Rose Garden.
“Based on what we have seen, heard, learned, some of the more sensational implications or appearances … aren’t based on actual events, and based on what actually happened, and I think derive from overly broad characterizations from interactions between the State Department and the FBI that happen a lot and happen between agencies.”
According to the FBI’s notes from its yearlong investigation into Clinton’s private email system, two fellow bureau officials said that a high-ranking State Department official had pressured the FBI not to classify one email from Clinton’s server.
The FBI officials said that the official, Patrick Kennedy, had urged the FBI to allow the State Department keep the email secret through another exemption under open records law, instead of classifying it. In exchange, one official said, Kennedy had offered to give the FBI expanded authority in Iraq.