Senators weigh immunity for Clinton aide’s testimony
Two top Senate investigators floated the idea of immunity Tuesday to Bryan Pagliano, the staffer who set up the email server in former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s home, in exchange for testimony about her activities.
Mr. Pagliano last week said he would assert his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination in refusing to answer questions about the matter, but Sens. Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson, the chairmen of two key committees investigating the situation, said they have authority to extend immunity if Mr. Pagliano is willing to talk.
They proposed a proffer session, where Mr. Pagliano would let them know what he knows in an off-the-record setting, and all sides could then decide what steps to take.
“The Committees have the authority to obtain an immunity order, to acquire the information they need, while also protecting your right against self-incrimination,” the two senators wrote in a letter to Mr. Pagliano’s lawyer.
The senators would need to judge to decide what to release and how quickly to do it.
Judicial Watch, which alone accounts for 16 of the open records lawsuits, filed papers Tuesday opposing that move, saying the government hasn’t even said how many emails top Clinton aides Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills turned over last month.
Facing embarrassing questions about its record-keeping, the State Department announced a new “transparency coordinator,” Ambassador Janice L. Jacobs, to try to get a handle on things. The RNC, however, said Ms. Jacobs has already contributed the maximum amount to Mrs. Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign primary account, calling her independence into question.
Mr. Kirby said she won’t be involved in the classification decisions concerning Mrs. Clinton’s emails.
Mr. Pagliano was paid by Mrs. Clinton’s political operation through early 2009, then shifted over to the State Department, where he was an information technology specialist. At the same time, however, Mrs. Clinton’s campaign has said she paid him to maintain the server she kept at her New York home.