There’s been a dramatic development in the Hillary Clinton email scandal, and it could mean curtains for the Democratic frontrunner. The staffer who set up Hillary’s server has been granted immunity by the FBI. Here’s what that means:
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 are likely to 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.
The inquiry comes against a political backdrop in which Clinton is the favorite to secure the Democratic nomination for the presidency.
So far, there is no indication that prosecutors have convened a grand jury in the email investigation to subpoena testimony or documents, which would require the participation of a U.S. attorney’s office.
Spokesmen at the FBI and Justice Department would not discuss the investigation. Pagliano’s attorney, Mark J. MacDougall, also declined to comment.
In a statement, Brian Fallon, a spokesman for the Clinton campaign, said: “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 also said the campaign is “pleased” that Pagliano, who invoked his Fifth Amendment rights before a congressional panel in September, is now cooperating with prosecutors. The campaign had encouraged Pagliano to testify before Congress.
The granting of immunity, and Pagliano’s previous invocation of his fith Amendment rights suggests that the FBI believes he has something to offer. This should worry the Hillary campaign. As Ambassador John Bolton noted today at CPAC, the campaign’s spin couldn’t be more apparent. Speaking directly about this, Bolton remarked “They’ll say they’re pleased when they’re fitting her for the ankle bracelet. They’ll say they’re pleased up until the moment they fit her for that orange jumpsuit.”
We can only hope.