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Boom: State Dept. IT Staffer Pagliano gets immunity from DoJ on Hillary server probe
Hotair ^ | 03/03/2016 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 03/03/2016 8:31:58 AM PST by SeekAndFind

Gee … does the Department of Justice offer immunity to potential witnesses for routine “security reviews”? Bryan Pagliano, who declared his Fifth Amendment right to remain silent when the FBI sought to question him about Hillary Clinton’s secret e-mail server, will have to start talking soon, thanks to the DoJ’s decision to protect him from potential prosecution in exchange for his testimony:

The Justice Department has granted immunity to the former State Department staffer who worked on Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private email server as part of a criminal investigation into the possible mishandling of classified information, according to a senior law enforcement official.

The official said the FBI had secured the cooperation of Bryan Pagliano who worked on Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign before setting up the server in her New York home in 2009.

As the FBI looks to wrap up its investigation in the coming months, agents will likely want to interview Clinton and her senior aides about the decision to use a private server, how it was set up, and whether any of the participants knew they were sending classified information in emails, current and former officials said.

Ahem. The DoJ does not offer immunity to “wrap up” an investigation. If the investigation needs to be “wrapped up,” at least as in closing it down, grants of immunity simply aren’t necessary. After all, there’s no need to protect a recalcitrant witness from prosecution when no prosecution is being planned or considered. Without a case to make on someone else, why bother offering immunity at all? They could just ignore Pagliano much more easily.

A grant of immunity tells us a couple of interesting things about this probe. First, the DoJ appears to have more than a passing interest in whatever the FBI has found so far. Second, this is no “security review,” but a case in which criminal charges appear to be under consideration. Third, Pagliano has some kind of interesting information to give to the DoJ, or otherwise they wouldn’t bother with immunity at all. Fourth, that information involves bigger targets than Pagliano himself.

As Jonathan Turley says …

DOJ does not give immunity without something valuable from a potential target like Bryan Pagliano. The situation just got more precarious.

— Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) March 3, 2016

It’s the fourth point that should intrigue observers. What can Pagliano know that interests not just the FBI, but also the DoJ? He didn’t have anything to do with how underlings like Jake Sullivan, Huma Abedin, and Cheryl Mills used classified information or even how they would have converted it to the nonsecure system. Pagliano’s job was just maintaining the server itself — at Hillary Clinton’s behest. That would seem to indicate that the probe isn’t just looking at the peripheral issues of how information jumped from secure systems to Hillary’s server, but how and why Hillary’s server came into existence in the first place — and how and why it was kept secret from the State Department for four years. That has always been the core of the scandal, and Pagliano’s immunity grant suggests that it might be the central point of the investigation by now.

Democrats might want to start warming up Biden in the bullpen … or rethinking Bernie. And this might help kickstart that process:

"very likely" that Hillary Clinton will face questioning from FBI in coming weeks, @jonkarl reports @GMA

— Rick Klein (@rickklein) March 3, 2016

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bryanpagliano; doj; emailserver; hillry
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1 posted on 03/03/2016 8:31:58 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Get him in the witness protection program. Pronto.

2 posted on 03/03/2016 8:32:56 AM PST by MUDDOG
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To: SeekAndFind

Let’s hope he doesn’t pull an Ollie.

3 posted on 03/03/2016 8:34:29 AM PST by NonValueAdded (Buchanan: A note of caution: This establishment is not going quietly.)
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To: NonValueAdded

My first thought as well.

4 posted on 03/03/2016 8:35:30 AM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Trump to McCain - "Pass the strawberries".)
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To: SeekAndFind

If no law was broken:

Why take the 5th?

Why Immunity from prosecution?

5 posted on 03/03/2016 8:35:56 AM PST by Uncle Miltie (Trump's populisim isn't conservative, but will help destroy the Uniparty. JOIN AND ATTACK!)
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To: SeekAndFind

My, my, my.

Dirty, hateful, lying honky going to jail..?


6 posted on 03/03/2016 8:39:31 AM PST by gaijin
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Sing a song,
Sing out loud,
Sing out strong

Be strong, Mr. Pagliano. You have no idea of the pressure that is coming.

You can buy yourself a lot of points in Heaven in coming weeks.

Not too many in the liberal media, though.

7 posted on 03/03/2016 8:40:18 AM PST by alloysteel (If I considered the consequences of my actions, I would rarely do anything.)
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Ah not so fast, I recall hearing about the time Kid Twist Rellis was under protection and decided to do a canary out the window under the watchful eyes of the police at the time. Rellis was to testify against Murder Inc in an infamous case. Allegedly someone got paid to help him out the window.

8 posted on 03/03/2016 8:40:39 AM PST by Mouton (The insurrection laws maintain the status quo now.)
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To: NonValueAdded

Is he too young to know about Vince Foster or Ron Brown?

9 posted on 03/03/2016 8:41:09 AM PST by rktman (Enlisted in the Navy in '67 to protect folks rights to strip my rights. WTH?!)
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To: SeekAndFind

The big question is whether he requested immunity or had immunity forced on him.

10 posted on 03/03/2016 8:42:31 AM PST by Anitius Severinus Boethius ( - Sign up for my new release e-mail and get my first novel for free)
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HOW TO BUY THE CLINTONS---w/ an email and $100 million ----The head of a Canadian company with an enormous interest in the Congo's mining and oil sector, Lukas Lundin of Lundin Mining, announced a $100 million donation to the Clinton Foundation on the heels of Hillary/'s first presidential campaign.

After the Congolese government attempted to regain control of its own mines, the State Department intervened on behalf of Lundin Mining and another mining company, Freeport Mines, also a Clinton foundation donor.

A round of talks in 2010, thought to be aided by the Clinton State Department, concluded with the pair of well-connected companies retaining their stakes in the mines and with the Congolese government being shut out of its own resources. (hat tip Schweizer book---Clinton Cash)

EXHIBIT ONE---Hillary/s State Dept Aide Shared Classified Information With Clinton Foundation, Email Shows; Cheryl Mills sent information marked confidential to Clinton Foundation in 2012 / BY Alana Goodman September 28, 2015

A key aide of Hillary Clinton emailed classified information about the government in Congo to a staffer at the Clinton Foundation in 2012, according to a copy of the correspondence obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

Cheryl Mills, Clinton/s chief of staff at the State Department, sent the email to the Clinton Foundation’s foreign policy director, Amitabh Desai, on July 12, 2012.

The message, which was originally obtained by the group Citizens United through a public records request, is partially redacted because it includes foreign government information that has been classified Confidential by the State Department......but was not marked classified by the State Department until this past summer, intelligence sources tell the Free Beacon that it would have been classified at the time Mills sent it because foreign government information is considered classified from inception.

The message could add to concerns from congressional and FBI investigators about whether former Secretary Clinton and her aides mishandled classified information while at the State Department.

About half of the forwarded message was redacted due to its classified nature before the State Department released it to Citizens United last month. Although it is not clear what the redacted section includes, the State Department said in a court motion filed last week that it concerns both foreign government information and critical aspects of U.S. foreign relations, including U.S. foreign activities carried out by officials of the U.S. Government.

The State Department added that the disclosure of this information has the potential to damage and inject friction into our bilateral relationship with African countries whose cooperation is important to U.S. national security.

The Clinton Foundation and the State Department did not respond to request for comment about the email, or say whether Desai...a non-government employee who has worked at the foundation since 2007....would have been authorized to view Confidential information.




EXHIBIT TWO Cheryl was also feathering her own nest----Mills currently runs the BlackIvy Group, a consulting firm that focuses on developing dirt-poor Sub-Saharan Africa.

SUB SAHARAN AFRICA / State Dept list
African Union Benin Botswana Burkina Faso Cameroon Congo (Brazzaville) Congo (DRC-Kinshasa) Ethiopia Ghana Guinea Ivory Coast Kenya Lesotho Madagascar Malawi Mauritius Mozambique Namibia Niger Nigeria Rwanda Senegal Sierra Leone South Africa Swaziland Tanzania Togo Uganda Zambia.


EXHIBIT THREE--- Sub Sahara Muslim immigrants are streaming into the US at an unprecedented rate, all subsidized by struggling taxpayers. What do Obama, Cheryl Mills, and Hillary know about this?


EXHIBIT FOUR--- The State Dept email, which discussed the relationship between the governments in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, was originally drafted by Johnnie Carson, the State Department/s assistant secretary for African affairs, who sent it to Mills State Department email address.

Cheryl Mills later forwarded the full message to the foundation/s operative along with talking points for ex-President Clinton shortly before Bill Clinton was scheduled to visit the Congo region.

11 posted on 03/03/2016 8:42:59 AM PST by Liz (SAFE PLACE? A liberal's mind. Nothing's there. Nothing can penetrate it.)
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To: SeekAndFind

“As Jonathan Turley says …

DOJ does not give immunity without something valuable from a potential target like Bryan Pagliano. The situation just got more precarious.

— Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) March 3, 2016”

Can’t say it better....

12 posted on 03/03/2016 8:43:26 AM PST by GOPJ (Corrupt white liberal elites propped up by a criminal underclass dancing on burning cars.- Demorats)
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<><> It should be emphasized that after he left Clinton/s employ as her personal IT to setup the private server.....Brian Pagliano surfaced as a State Dept a govt contractor.

<><> The FBI should determine if Huma Abedin, Cheryl Mills, Sid Blumenthal and other Clinton cronies are STILL listed as State Dept employees---perhaps as contractors---and are still receiving classified State Dept mail and are cashing US govt paychecks.


<><> There is evidence none of the Clinton coterie signed the official State Dept exit form.........b/c that would have cutoff access to State Dept the Clintons and their cronies rely on to cash-in.


Taxpayers demand to know who else among the Clinton cronies are cashing US govt paychecks It's an old bureaucratic trick for a politician to hand-pick people and put them on the public payroll long after you think they're gone......perhaps as State Dept "contractors."

<><> Hillary?

<><> Bill Clinton?

<><> Sid Blumenthal?

<><> Huma Abedin,

<><> Huma's husband?

<><> Cheryl Mills?

<><> Cheryl mills' live-in David Domenici?

<><> Chelsea Clinton?

<><> Chelsea's husband?



Demand Congress send you all available information on individuals connected to Hillary still cashing US govt paychecks. In light of the $6 billion missing from the contractor fund when Hillary exited, taxpayers demand to know who is listed as a State Dept contractor.

13 posted on 03/03/2016 8:43:59 AM PST by Liz (SAFE PLACE? A liberal's mind. Nothing's there. Nothing can penetrate it.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Seems to me he may have knowledge concerning a backup server somewhere that still exists.
Or there is a record of him notifying Hillary that a private email server was not legal, but she ordered him to set it up anyway.

He has to have some interesting info, that was important enough for him to take the 5th before congress, months before there was any evidence of a very serious nature.
He seems to be a key cog in the whole story.
Going public with this info is telling for the FBI. Sending a message to Clinton and her staff?

14 posted on 03/03/2016 8:44:03 AM PST by WILLIALAL
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“If no law was broken: Why take the 5th? Why Immunity from prosecution?”

Simply because one can be prosecuted for the statements made during testimony without an immunity agreement. Remember the Valerie Plume fandango? It’s illegal to make false statements to the FBI.

Perhaps you forget something. Perhaps you do not correctly remember something. You make testimony to the FBI. You can be prosecuted for statements you thought were true.

15 posted on 03/03/2016 8:47:02 AM PST by DugwayDuke
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That won’t help.I’m sure that his new identity would be compromised.The Clinton machine has a long reach.

16 posted on 03/03/2016 8:47:37 AM PST by Farmer Dean (168 grains of instant conflict resolution)
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Thanks, I was wondering of what possible use an IT staffer could be since he’d likely know nothing of the content of emails etc.
Frankly it looked like a feint to ‘show they’re trying (cough-cough)’.

17 posted on 03/03/2016 8:48:16 AM PST by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat/RINO Party!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Either he’s already paid off or he will be offed.

18 posted on 03/03/2016 8:48:32 AM PST by barmag25
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To: SeekAndFind

Many, Many MILLIONS of Dollars will be spent by Hillary’s Staffers on Corrupt Lawyers just so the QUEEN, King and Princess don’t go to PRISON!

19 posted on 03/03/2016 8:51:20 AM PST by Ann Archy (ABORTION....... The HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: SeekAndFind

My BIL, his Jewish wife and my “uncle in law” all say they don’t care if she were to get indicted. They are voting for her.

20 posted on 03/03/2016 8:52:23 AM PST by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s, you weren't really there....)
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