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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

DOJ Grants Immunity to Key Clinton Email Case Figure

                                                                                     "What does this mean?"


Things just got a lot more ominous for Hillary Clinton in regards to her email investigation. The Department of Justice has granted immunity to Bryan Pagliano, the State Dept. employee who set up Clinton's email server. Pagliano had previously invoked the 5th Amendment at his Congressional appearance.


https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/in-clinton-email-investigation-justice-department-grants-immunity-to-former-state-department-staffer/2016/03/02/e421e39e-e0a0-11e5-9c36-e1902f6b6571_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_clintonemail830p%3Ahomepage%2Fstory


Here is why this is a big development beyond what Pagliano can tell investigators. The FBI does not grant immunity to witnesses. The Department of Justice prosecutors do. Of course, everyone is speculating that even if the FBI recommends criminal charges against Mrs Clinton, that the politically charged Justice Department in the person of Attorney General Loretta Lynch will decline to prosecute for obvious political reasons.  On the other hand, federal prosecutors don't grant immunity to witnesses unless they are serious about prosecuting someone. If Mrs Clinton is counting on political protection from being indicted, the decision of DOJ to grant immunity to this key witness should make her feel a lot less easy.

I consider this a major development.


2 comments:

elwood p suggins said...

I also believe this to be a quite significant occurrence. I am sure they did, but I do hope the prosecutors have a written proffer from Mr. Pagliano of his potential testimony, essentially under oath, which can be used against him in court if he backs water down the pike.

Normally, the next stop for Mr. P would be a Federal grand jury. Let us see.

Gary Fouse said...

That is correct. You don't buy a pig in the poke with immunity. I am sure he gave them a proffer. Some experts believe that a grand jury has already been empaneled and they are getting ready to interview Hillary and her closest aides. (I wouldn't be surprised if they offered immunity to jake Sullivan. (Not to Sheryl Mills or Huma Abedin.)

DOJ will have a hard time explaining themselves if they decline to indict.