6. Unknown "Outsiders" tampered with FOIA document reviews
Unnamed people who were given "special appointments" in order to assist career State Department officials with the review of Clinton's emails raised suspicions ... who called their involvement in the process "abnormal" ... One of the people brought in to work on Clinton's emails "was possibly involved in the Lois Lerner, Internal Revenue Service situation," referring to the tax agency's targeting of conservative nonprofit groups ahead of the 2012 election...
5. Officials manipulated redactions
At least one of the 296 Benghazi-related emails made public last summer was released in full despite the fact that it contained classified information, the FBI said. In other emails, the names of public officials were redacted even though FOIA requirements stipulate that those names should have been released... Some record-keeping officials said they felt "intimidated" each time they proposed upgrading and redacting part of an email because it was classified. Those officials described the "immense pressure" they felt to avoid classifying anything within the 296 Benghazi documents.
4. Clinton Lackey Patrick Kennedy tried to block classifications
The State Department's undersecretary for management made repeated attempts to convince the FBI not to classify a Benghazi-related email as his agency prepared to hand over hundreds of documents to the House Select Committee on Benghazi... Kennedy offered a "quid pro quo" [i.e., a bribe] to the FBI if agents ruled against upgrading one email to the "secret" level... An unnamed witness told investigators that Kennedy attempted "to influence the FBI to change its markings" and asked FBI agents if they could "see their way to marking the email unclassified."
3. Like the Rose Law Firm files, some critical emails "disappeared"
Clinton's legal team at first informed the State Department that it had prepared 14 banker boxes of printed emails for production to the government. However, when officials arrived at her lawyer's office to retrieve the emails, they found only 12 boxes... [those] 12 boxes that did end up in State Department custody contained 52,455 pages of emails, packed into the boxes "with no folders or known method of organization."
2. Clinton's lawyers knew emails contained 'Top Secret' intel
Katherine Turner, an attorney at the law firm representing Clinton, told FBI agents in August of last year that she had obtained six laptops from Clinton's staff, each of which likely contained "Top Secret classified information."
1. Clinton's 'Shadow Government' tried to stop email releases
A group of high-ranking State Department officials, dubbed the "Shadow Government" by witnesses who spoke to the FBI, pushed to release all 30,000 of Clinton's emails at the same time, in Jan. 2016, rather than over the course of several months starting in summer 2015.
The powerful group met every Wednesday afternoon to discuss how to handle FOIA requests for Clinton's emails. Regular attendees included Secretary John Kerry's chief of staff and Kennedy.
Every person in law enforcement, every person who swore to uphold the Constitution, every person who committed these high crimes and misdemeanors against the American people... every single one will pay the price in this life or the next.
Hat tip: BadBlue Real-Time News.
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