Posted: 12:42 pm Thursday, June 2nd, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
The former State Department staffer who was in charge of setting up the private, home email server used by then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, will again take the Fifth Amendment and refuse to reveal what he knows about that controversial setup.
In a filing in a federal court here in Washington, D.C., lawyers for Brian Pagliano made clear that their client would not give a deposition to the conservative legal advocacy group Judicial Watch.
“Mr. Pagliano is a nonparty caught up in a lawsuit with an undisputed political agenda,” argued Pagliano’s lawyers, as they demanded that Judicial Watch not be allowed to videotape a session scheduled for next week, objecting to the idea of their client having to repeatedly refuse to answer questions about the Clinton email server.
“As a threshold matter, given Mr. Pagliano’s clear intention to assert his Fifth Amendment rights, Judicial Watch can articulate no proper purpose—much less a “need”—for an audiovisual recording of the deposition,” Pagliano’s lawyers continued.
Pagliano has already refused to testify before the Congress about his knowledge of the Clinton email server; he has been given immunity by federal prosecutors in a separate probe being conducted by the FBI.
The effort to get testimony from Pagliano is part of a lawsuit by Judicial Watch against the State Department; a federal judge last month approved a plan for the group to question six current and former aides to Clinton about her email server.
Lawyers for Judicial Watch tried to get some information about Pagliano’s work during a deposition last week with top Clinton aide Cheryl Mills, but they did not really get far.
It’s possible that Hillary Clinton could be forced to answer questions from Judicial Watch, as the judge in this case has left that possibility open.
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.