There were many reasons for Hillary Clinton’s defeat in the 2016 general election, but one of the biggest ones has to do with her use of a private email server during her time at the State Department.
This story took many twists and turns, but one of those were rumors of an alleged cover-up by the FBI. Conservative media outlets reported that an unnamed FBI official agreed to change the classification status on one of Clinton’s emails as part of a “quid pro quo.” Fox and other right-wing outlets ran this story for several days until it was eventually debunked.
The unnamed FBI official who had been quoted in the conservative press eventually walked back those statements and claimed that he had never used the words “quid pro quo” and that the conversation between him and the Clinton campaign was no big deal.
However, by that point the damage had already been done and it was just another nail in the coffin of the Clinton campaign. Despite being debunked, this story did cause harm to Clinton’s campaign and is widely thought to have contributed to her defeat.
Now, nearly three months into the presidency of Donald Trump, Rachel Maddow has revealed a new twist in this story. Trump’s former National Security Adviser, Micheal Flynn, was removed from his post due to his unsanctioned contact with Russian officials.
Shortly after he was removed, it was also revealed that during his time working on the Trump campaign, he had served as a lobbyist on behalf of the Turkish government. That lobby work became a bit of scandal in its own right and filing documents revealed a new twist in the old story about Clinton’s email server.
It turns out that the FBI official who had originally circulated the alleged “quid pro quo” story, Brian McCauley, was on Flynn’s payroll during the campaign. In the two weeks prior to when the scandal broke alone, McCauley had paid Flynn $8,000 in consulting fees.
When McCauley recanted that story, he said that he considered Flynn a friend. However, he did not mention that Flynn was also his boss.
Watch Rachel Maddow spell out this new development below:
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