Judge Andrew Napolitano said this morning that newly-released FBI documents show evidence of a bribe being offered by a senior State Department official to FBI agents.
Patrick F. Kennedy, the undersecretary of state for management, is reported to have pressured FBI agents to change the classification on sensitive documents found on Hillary Clinton’s private email server.
The new revelations were contained in just-released FBI interview summaries from the Clinton email investigation.
In what was viewed by the FBI as a “quid pro quo,” desirable overseas assignments for the agents were discussed.
The FBI document states:
“[Redacted] indicated that he had been contacted by Patrick Kennedy, Undersecretary of State, who had asked his assistance in altering the email’s classification in exchange for a quid pro quo. [redacted] advised that in exchange for making the email unclassified State would reciprocate by allowing the FBI to place more agents in countries where they are presently forbidden.”
Kennedy has emphatically denied there was any quid pro quo offered and the FBI said the classification markings were not altered.
Napolitano, Fox News’ senior judicial analyst, said he believes the document points to several potential offenses.
“I’ve never seen this in my career, where an effort is made to change a document after it is evidence in a criminal prosecution. That is obstruction of justice, that is tampering with evidence, that’s offering a bribe. Why wasn’t someone charged with these crimes by the FBI?” he asked on America’s Newsroom.
“The mere discussion of it is itself a crime. It is a crime to bribe someone, it is a crime to offer to bribe someone. This was at best, a bribe, and at worst, an offer to bribe.”