The U.S. Department of Justice, which many believe has become a hotbed of politicizing big cases, reportedly entered into an immunity deal with a former U.S. State Department staffer who worked on Hillary Clinton’s private email server. Mrs. Clinton is facing a criminal investigation over her use of a non-government, personal email system to transmit and receive classified material including secret and top secret intelligence.
A number of news outlets have reported that the FBI secured the cooperation of Bryan Pagliano, who worked on Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign before setting up the private server at her New York home in 2009.
While the Justice Department is being given credit for the immunity deal that’s expected to open the “Clinton closet door,” it’s most probably tough law enforcement officials with expertise in interview and interrogation techniques who managed to encourage Hillary Clinton’s associate, Bryan Pagliano.
“You can bet the farm that had Justice Department officials conducted the interviews or interrogations of Mr. Pagliano they wouldn’t have gotten anything for their efforts. But let real cops conduct interviews and call the shots and you get results,” said former police homicide detective Sidney Franes. “But don’t expect too much since the Clinton gang has a lot of experience and there’s a lot of support for them — crime or no crime — from a large number of news media people and a large number of Democrats who believe they’ll get something for nothing,” Franes noted.
Eventually FBI investigators will want to question Mrs. Clinton and her aides, such as Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills, about the decision to use a private server, and whether any of the participants knew they were sending classified information in emails as part of the ongoing investigation.
“Pagliano, who installed Hillary Clinton’s private email server told members of Congress’ Select Committee on Benghazi that he will invoke his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and that made FBI agents wonder what information is the Clinton minion concealing,” said former criminal investigator and intelligence officer Leonard Rooney, Jr.
Hillary Clinton’s dominoes appear to be toppling as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), inspectors general from a number of government agencies, and a equally large number of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that investigate and expose government corruption intensify their investigations of Clinton and her minions.
While the focus of the probe is Clinton’s privately-owned Internet server being used for the transfer of classified intelligence, the probe may also encompass her husband’s financial bonanza allegedly accumulated through speeches for foreign entities with whom his wife conducted State Department business as the Secretary of State.
What appears to be the first Clinton staff member to acknowledge that suspicious activity may have occurred when one of Democratic Party president candidate’s former aides — who is responsible for helping to install a private email server in Hillary Clinton’s lavish Chappaqua, New York, home — told lawmakers sitting on several Congressional Committees that he will invoke the Fifth Amendment to avoid testifying against his former boss.
Mr. Bryan Pagliano, who many regard as just another political operative for the Clinton family, was an official with Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign team. After she lost to Barack Obama, anticipating her appointment and confirmation to the Secretary of State post, Pagliano helped in the installation of an Internet server system in Hillary’s home. He has been asked to testify about the server by Rep. Trey Gowdy’s House Select Committee on Benghazi, the Senate Judiciary Committee, and the Senate Homeland Security Committee. But apparently the FBI beat the lawmakers to the punch, according to Det. Rooney.
According to Fox News Channel’s chief intelligence correspondent, Catherine Herridge, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Monday that the Justice Department has no deadline for concluding the Clinton email investigation and that it’s being handled “like any other review,” even with the presidential election just months away.
But Brigadier General Kenneth Bergquist, a former high-ranking intelligence and special operations officer told The Daily Caller News Foundation that Hillary and some of her minions face federal charges, including their intentionally concealing the private server at Clinton’s home from State Department security officials, as well as “a public corruption charge of honest services fraud.”