by William Teach | March 3, 2016 8:31 am
But, don’t worry, this isn’t a criminal probe and not even probing her personally, according to Hillary and company. Alas, people are usually not given immunity unless it is a criminal investigation
(Washington Post) The Justice Department has granted immunity to a former State Department staffer, who worked on Hillary Clinton’s private email server, as part of a criminal investigation into the possible mishandling of classified information, according to a senior law enforcement official.
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.
Patterico notes the spin by Team Clinton on this, as well as this tweet
When DoJ gives someone immunity in an investigation involving my client I generally ask for a large increase in the fee deposit.
— AccomplishedTheHat (@Popehat) March 3, 2016
Meaning, this looks really, really bad for the target of the investigation. And, let’s not forget, it’s most likely that the target is not just Hillary Clinton, but her inner staff, many of whom colluded in the use of the server, and were involved in passing material at all the various classification levels in contradiction of the law, including material they were not legally entitled to see.
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.
As one of the commenters at Patterico’s article notes
Paul Mirengoff at Powerline points out that the real threat to Hillary! might be if the FBI seeks to interview her. On the one hand, it would look awful for her to assert her Fifth Amendment rights and even the vassals in her press detail might wonder what she has to hide. On the other hand, if she agrees to an interview she might inadvertently wander into a perjury trap of the type that ruined Petraeus.
Taking the 5th in the middle of a presidential race would look really, really bad. Of course, Democrats wouldn’t give a damn, and will vote for her no matter what. Think differently? How did they keep electing former KKK member Robert Byrd? How about William “Cold Cash” Jefferson, re-elected while under criminal indictment for bribery? They continue to support Bill Clinton, despite all the serious allegations about his sexual assaults.
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