Last week, when news came that Bryan Pagliano formerly of the State Department, and the man who installed the server in Bill and Hillary Clinton’s home in New York, was granted immunity to give witness to the probe into the email scandal plaguing Mrs. Clinton, across the board, all pundits and legal commentators said this was a bad thing for the former Secretary of State.
According to sources talking to Fox News, that is an understatement.
Former Hillary Clinton IT specialist Bryan Pagliano, a key witness in the email probe who struck an immunity deal with the Justice Department, has told the FBI a range of details about how her personal email system was set up, according to an intelligence source close to the case who called him a “devastating witness.”
The source said Pagliano told the FBI who had access to the former secretary of state’s system – as well as when – and what devices were used, amounting to a roadmap for investigators.
“Bryan Pagliano is a devastating witness and, as the webmaster, knows exactly who had access to [Clinton’s] computer and devices at specific times. His importance to this case cannot be over-emphasized,” the intelligence source said.
The source, who is not authorized to speak on the record due to the sensitivity of the ongoing investigation, said Pagliano has provided information allowing investigators to knit together the emails with other evidence, including images of Clinton on the road as secretary of state.
Pagliano’s circle maintains that he is but a small fish in the overall scheme of things when it comes to this whole email scandal. However, when Pagliano took the fifth the first time he was scheduled to testify, the signal was sent that he had information to divulge and that he was advised not to incriminate himself. After all, as the webmaster, he knows who had access to Hillary’s files, server and devices. Really, what HE did is far less important in this case than the motivations of Mrs. Clinton, hence, the immunity.
The source to Fox also brought up the numerous photographs of Hillary Clinton with a variety of electronic devices and the reality that staff members handled said devices. How many of those devices were used to send or receive emails with classified information. That is a question that Pagliano’s testimony is helping the FBI to weave a more full picture.
Mrs. Clinton repeatedly brushes off questions asking if she will drop out of the presidential race if indicted. She also maintains that she never sent nor received any email labelled “classified.” (According to DC Whispers that is mainly because in Washington emails aren’t labelled as such.) The Fox source, and the Pagliano testimony are further signs that Hillary Clinton is in deep trouble on the email scandal front. As it is, Hillary has been busy with the vast right wing conspiracy claims and is reportedly meeting with her legal team on a daily basis. There are also a number of powerful Democrats on Capitol Hill attempting to ride to her rescue.
Two of the most powerful members of Congress, Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., both longtime Clinton supporters, were among a five-member group who sent a letter accusing the investigation into Mrs. Clinton by the Obama-appointed Inspectors General of being tainted by partisan politics.
Those claims involve the State Department’s Inspector General, Steve Linick, a man who first entered government employ by working for the Justice Department during the Bill Clinton administration. Only in Clinton-land could that be labelled “political.”
At this point, it’s all getting to be surreal. Stay tuned, the FBI probe continues.