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TODAY   |  June 11, 2013

Report: State Dept. may have covered up misconduct

The State Department is responding to claims that officials may have covered up alleged illegal and inappropriate behavior by department personnel, while an ambassador is accused of “routinely” soliciting sexual favors. NBC’s Chuck Todd reports.

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>> serious allegations facing the state department .

>> according to internal state department memos the agency might have called off or intervened an investigation into illegal or inappropriate behavior within it's ranks, allegedly to protect jobs and avoid scandals. this concerns when hilary clinton was there.

>> there's an old saying in washington that the cover up is worse than the crime but in this case both parts are disturbing. allegations of prostitution and allegations that the crimes were not looked into. the state department is having to response to the clams and investigations of misconduct by state department officials including by an ambassador and security agents attached to then secretary of state hilary clinton . they're saying they were whitewash whitewashed and the orders came from high up.

>>> nbc news obtained documents into on going investigations with state department personnel and one ambassador. the ambassador routinely ditched his protective security detail in order to solicit sexual favors from both prostitutes and minor children. they direct department investigators to cease the investigation into the ambassador's conduct. it's one of what another document describes as several examples of undue influence from top state officials. on monday a state department spokesperson would not confirm specific investigation.

>> i'm not going to talk about specific cases but i can say broadly that the notion we would not pursue criminal misconduct in any case is preposterous.

>> a former investigator has complained to congress and the media that the investigations have not been thorough because of the pressure from the high level officials.

>> we take every allegations of misconduct seriously a look into it.

>> less than six months ago another major internal investigation painted hilly clinton's state department in a negative light. that scathing report on the failed diplomatic security procedures in the aftermath of the benghazi attack.

>> what difference, at this point, does it make? it's our job to figure out what happened.

>> as we noted, the whistle blower in this case, a member of the inspector general investigative team at the state department has gone to congress demanding an investigation and it's our understanding that congressman ed royce says he does plan on having an investigation and no doubt hearings will probably come soon as well, savannah.

>> where are we on this? is it just allegations from one whistle blower? have they been substantiated in anyway?

>> the whistle blower says that the report, that the internal investigation having to do with howdy plo mattic security even investigated these allegations. that's where the report came fr is how the investigators somehow dropped the investigation including into this ambassador and on to others including folks part of security detail . so the allegations themselves haven't been fully substantiated by us but this inspector general whistle blower believes that the evidence was clear but the problem was the investigation wasn't done in time to find out for sure if this misconduct was happening.

>> more to come on this for sure. chuck todd , thank you very much.