Transcript for FBI and State Department Deny Conspiring to Declassify Clinton Email
So the allegation. Any kind of quid pro quo. He is. Inaccurate. And does not aligned with the facts. So there was no quid pro quo. And I would note first of all that the FBI I think this past weekend but put out a statement strongly refuting that there was any kind of quid pro quo. Yeah. So just outlined. Just so other folks know what we're talking about Hampshire one does but there was an allegation that. There was some kind of exchange. For us to or for the FBI. Not to upgrade want to via emails. Among the 55000. We put out. From the foyer request. And it in exchange for increasing. FBI slots in Baghdad. I'm. Messages to walk people through this. First of all the State Department. Did actually upgrade. The document at the request of the FBI. When it was released back in May of 2000 fifteen. And everyone can see it on our web site. And secondly. There were no increase in FBI slots in Iraq. That resulted from this conversation. So as to what hat with what did occur. Just to clarify. Undersecretary Kennedy pat Kennedy sought to understand. The FBI's. Process for withholding certain information. From public release. And as all of you know throughout this process we are very clear in talking about at times. That this well is the decision to upgrade or not upgrade certain parts of emails. Was a topic of discussion. Among our inner agency colleagues. About whether certain information should or should not be upgraded and classification. And as we Olson of individuals. With classification authorities. Often have. We're sometimes have different views on how to do that or whether something should be upgraded. So. So again no quid pro quo. No exchange here just simply. Request from our undersecretary pat Kennedy to. Clarified the reasoning or the rational behind upgrading would.
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