Justice Department Grants Immunity To Hillary Clinton’s Email Server Technician
Hillary Clinton’s email server technician is finally talking.
The Washington Post is reporting that the Department of Justice granted immunity to Bryan Pagliano in exchange for his cooperation with the FBI’s investigation into whether classified information was mishandled on Clinton’s private email server.
As part of Clinton’s off-the-books email system, the server held all of Clinton’s personal and work-related emails, including hundreds which contain classified information.
The New York Times reported Wednesday that FBI investigators have already interviewed Pagliano, who in December was reported to be the focus of the agency’s probe. The paper also reported that Clinton herself could be interviewed within weeks and that the investigation could be wrapped up by May.
Pagliano had previously refused to talk to Congress and to reporters about his work on Clinton’s server, which the FBI seized from a New Jersey data center in July.
In September, he invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination during a brief meeting with the House Select Committee on Benghazi. Other congressional committees, such as the Senate Judiciary Committee, had considered granting Pagliano immunity in exchange for information about his work for Clinton and that State Department.
Clinton’s campaign spokesman, Brian Fallon, told The Post that the campaign was “pleased” that Pagliano had decided to talk to investigators.
“As we have said since last summer, Secretary Clinton has been cooperating with the Department of Justice’s security inquiry, including offering in August to meet with them to assist their efforts if needed,” he added.
As The Times reported, as part of their investigation, FBI agents have attempted to compare electronic timestamps on classified documents in order to determine if Clinton’s aides took the information and retyped it into an unclassified setting.
Clinton’s server contained more than 2,000 classified emails. Of those, 22 have been deemed to have contained “top secret” information. Dozens more contain “secret” information. The intelligence community’s inspector general has also determined that information in one of the “top secret” emails was classified when it was originated. The State Department is still investigating whether the information on the other “top secret” emails was classified when they were sent.
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