Newly released FBI forms summarizing the Hillary Clinton email investigation reveal the State Department's undersecretary of state attempted to persuade the FBI not to retroactively classify an email in Clinton's private email server, during the agency's probe into Clinton's email usage while secretary of state. One form states that an unnamed FBI official was "contacted by Patrick Kennedy, undersecretary of state, who asked for his assistance in altering the email's classification in exchange for a 'quid pro quo.'" The unnamed individual "advised that, in exchange for making the email unclassified, [the State Department] would reciprocate by allowing the FBI to place more agents in countries where they are presently forbidden." A second document says that the idea for a deal originated in the FBI, in a discussion between to FBI officials, not with Kennedy. The FBI and State Department both deny that a "quid pro quo" deal was discussed, and the email was released classified at the "secret" level, as the FBI wanted.

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