Immunity Granted To Individual In Hillary Clinton Email Scandal

In this photo taken Aug. 18, 2015, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks in North Las Vegas, Nev. Nearly six months out from the first votes of a presidential campaign, candidates should be fleshing out who they are and what they stand for. Instead, some of the best-known 2016 candidates are toting around heavy baggage that’s proving to be a big distraction from the conversations they’d rather be having with the American people. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Last year when he appeared before a Congressional committee, Bryan Pagliano, the Justice Department staffer who set up the server in the Clinton household while Hillary was Secretary of State, pleaded the fifth.  It is now being reported that the Justice Department offered Pagliano immunity in exchange for information:

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.

In the larger scheme of things when it comes to the Hillary Clinton email scandal, Pagliano is believed to be a relatively small fish.  Federal prosecutors and Pagliano’s attorney all declined to comment to the Washington Post, however, Pagliano’s cooperation does indicate that the ongoing investigation may well be working its way to a conclusion, convened grand jury or not.

The investigation into Hillary Clinton’s abnormal email situation and practices while she was Secretary of State has been ongoing for almost a year with reports from numerous outlets that agents at the FBI who were outraged at the “slap on the wrist” former CIA Director retired four-star General David Petraeus got for storing a top secret file in his home, when Mrs. Clinton’s at-home server was left vulnerable to hacking from foreign governments, are livid.  Current FBI director James Comey has said that he is close to the investigation, and gets daily updates.

As for actual prosecution of Mrs. Clinton, that is up to Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

Any decision to charge someone would involve Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch, who told Congress when asked last month about the email inquiry: “That matter is being handled by career independent law enforcement agents, FBI agents, as well as the career independent attorneys in the Department of Justice. They follow the evidence, they look at the law and they’ll make a recommendation to me when the time is appropriate.”

She added, “We will review all the facts and all the evidence and come to an independent conclusion as how to best handle it.”

In effect, that means that any actual prosecution of Hillary Clinton of the litany of felonies of which several prosecutors assure us all she is guilty will not happen until the investigation is completed.  How long that will take is anyone’s guess.

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Cultural Limits
A resident of Flyover Country, Cultural Limits is a rare creature in American Conservatism - committed to not just small government, Christianity and traditional social roles, but non-profits and high arts and culture. Watching politics, observing human behavior and writing are all long-time interests. In her other life, CL writes romance novels under her nom de plume, Patricia Holden (@PatriciaHoldenAuthor on Facebook), and crochets like a mad woman (designs can be found on Facebook @BohemianFlairCrochet and on Pinterest on the Bohemian Flair Crochet board). In religion, CL is Catholic; in work, the jill of all trades when it comes to fundraising software manipulation and event planning; in play, a classically trained soprano and proud citizen of Cardinal Nation, although, during hockey season, Bleeds Blue. She lives in the Mid-Mississippi River Valley with family and two cute and charming tyrants...make that toy dogs.