Clinton campaign says it played no role in classifying emails

Hillary Clinton at a campaign rally in Harrisburg on July 29, 2016.

WASHINGTON (AP) – Hillary Clinton’s campaign is responding to the revelation that a State Department official had asked the FBI for help last year in reducing the classification level of an email from her private server.

Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon said there was strong disagreement among government agencies about the decisions to retroactively classify material that had been sent to the then-secretary of state. He said Clinton’s campaign played no part in that debate.

According to FBI records released Monday, Undersecretary for Management Patrick Kennedy sought the reclassification as part of a proposal that would have allowed the FBI to deploy more agents to Iraq. It was not immediately clear whether Kennedy or the FBI first suggested the proposed bargain.

The FBI and the State Department say no such deal occurred.

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