Hillary Clinton’s email server technician is finally talking.
The Washington Post is reporting that the Department of Justice granted immunity to Bryan Pagliano in exchange for his cooperation with the FBI’s investigation into whether classified information was mishandled on Clinton’s private email server.
As one Justice Department put it to The Post: “There was wrongdoing. But was it criminal wrongdoing?”
Pagliano may hold the key to that question. The IT director on Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, Pagliano was hired as deputy chief information officer at the State Department in May 2009. Part of his job there was to manage Clinton’s server, which hosted her personal email address and was kept at her home in New York.
In September, he invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination during a brief meeting with the House Select Committee on Benghazi. Other congressional committees, such as the Senate Judiciary Committee, had considered granting Pagliano immunity in exchange for information about his work for Clinton and that State Department.
The thrust of the investigation — and the granting of immunity to Pagliano — suggests, however, that FBI is conducting much more than a mere “security inquiry.”
Clinton’s server contained more than 2,000 classified emails. Of those, 22 have been deemed to have contained “top secret” information. Dozens more contain “secret” information.
The intelligence community’s inspector general has also determined that information in one of the “top secret” emails was classified when it was originated. The State Department is still investigating whether the information on the other “top secret” emails was classified when they were sent.