Hillary’s secret server aide invokes Fifth Amendment ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY FIVE times as he is questioned – and won’t even discuss his resume

 

  • He gave court-ordered testimony on Wednesday in the case, brought by conservative non-profit Judicial Watch
  • The transcript isn’t out yet but the group’s president says Pagliano asserted his Constitutional right not to incriminate himself 125 times
  • Lawsuit seeks to determine whether Clinton and co. intentionally set up the system to keep their communications outside the reach of government

By FRANCESCA CHAMBERS, WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT FOR DAILYMAIL.COM

PUBLISHED: 12:05 EST, 23 June 2016 | UPDATED: 12:14 EST, 23 June 2016

The State Department aide who set up Hillary Clinton’s private server inside her home invoked his Fifth Amendment right ‘more than 125 times’ in a case involving the email system.

Pagliano wouldn’t even answer questions about his resume as he gave court-ordered testimony on Wednesday in the case, brought by conservative non-profit Judicial Watch, the group said.

The lawsuit seeks to determine whether Clinton and her aides intentionally set up the system to keep their communications outside the reach of the government so they were not made public pursuant to Federal Information Act requests. 

The State Department aide who set up Hillary Clinton’s private server inside her home invoked his Fifth Amendment right ‘more than 125 times’ in a case involving the email system. Bryan Pagliano, the aide, is seen above on Capitol Hill last September

The IT professional was initially shielded from talking to the watchdog organization by the judge overseeing the case based on his immunity agreement with the Justice Department as part of its investigation into the security of Clinton’s server.

The judge, Emmett G. Sullivan, required Pagliano to submit the agreement to the court and postponed the testimony until he was able to review it. 

Sullivan ultimately upheld his original decision to compel testimony from Pagliano without making the immunity agreement public.

He also said the deposition could be filmed but the tape must be sealed. The transcript will be made available at a later date, however. 

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton told Politico on Wednesday after Pagliano’s deposition that ‘on many of the key issues, he took the Fifth.’

‘He took the Fifth even on questions about his resume. They had a very narrow definition of what discovery’ allowed, Fitton said. 

The only question Fitton remembered Pagliano answering was about the documents pertaining to the deposition. Pagliano said he read them.

The former Clinton staffer would not say who was paying his legal bills, Fitton said.

Judicial Watch is concerned with another aspect of servergate than the FBI. The right-wing oversight group is focused on top-ranking Clinton aide Huma Abedin’s special arrangement with State that allowed her to work there and in the private sector at the same time

Pagliano worked on Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign and set up her basement server as she transitioned to the State Department in 2009.

He simultaneously took on an official role at State. In his disclosure forms, he did not disclose that he was being paid by Clinton to keep tabs on the server.

The FBI came to an arrangement with Pagliano that would protect him from possible prosecution if he delivered details about his secret work for Clinton.

The investigatory agency is concerned that foreign actors may have accessed classified information by hacking the former cabinet member’s server. 

Clinton says that never happened – and that she never sent nor received classified information through the email address attached to the server, as it would have amounted to a federal crime. 

The law enforcement agency has yet to come to a final decision.

The Republican National Committee pounced on Fitton’s statement that the Clinton aide pleaded the Fifth 125 times as ‘another reminder of how much she has to hide and how serious the FBI’s criminal investigation really is.’

‘It’s important to remember that this wasn’t just any staffer; this was a longtime aide who obtained an unusual political appointment and was paid on the side for the sole purpose of maintaining Clinton’s illicit off-the-books server,’ Chairman Reince Priebus said.

Priebus asserted that the arrangement was an obvious attempt to skirt government transparency laws in order to conceal her shady dealings as Secretary of State.’

Clinton put national security at risk, and should therefore be disqualified from sitting in the highest office in the land. 

‘Her aide’s stonewalling today is just a prelude to the kind of White House she would run,’ the RNC chief said Wednesday.

Clinton has not yet been compelled to comply with Judicial Watch’s request that answer questions on the topic. The judge state in granting discovery that she still could be, however.

Judicial Watch is concerned with another aspect of servergate than the FBI. 

The right-wing oversight group is focused on top-ranking Clinton aide Huma Abedin’s special arrangement with State that allowed her to work there and in the private sector at the same time.

Abedin also had an email address that was routed through Clinton’s secret server. 

She’s scheduled to testify next week on Tuesday.

Clinton has not yet been compelled to comply with Judicial Watch’s request that answer questions on the topic. Sullivan stated in granting discovery that she still could be, however. 

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