Gee, it’s almost as if Grandma has something to hide.
A former State Department staffer who worked on Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private e-mail server tried this week to fend off a subpoena to testify before Congress, saying he would assert his constitutional right not to answer questions to avoid incriminating himself.
The move by Bryan Pagliano, who had worked on Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign before setting up the server in her New York home in 2009, came in a Monday letter from his lawyer to the House panel investigating the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
The letter cited the ongoing FBI inquiry into the security of Clinton’s e-mail system, and it quoted a Supreme Court ruling in which justices described the Fifth Amendment as protecting “innocent men . . . ‘who otherwise might be ensnared by ambiguous circumstances.’ ”
The FBI is investigating whether Clinton’s system — in which she exclusively used private e-mail for her work as secretary of state — may have jeopardized sensitive national security information.
Thousands of e-mails that have been released by the State Department as part of a public records lawsuit show Clinton herself writing at least six e-mails containing information that has since been deemed classified. Large portions of those e-mails were redacted before their release, on the argument that their publication could harm national security.
“While we understand that Mr. Pagliano’s response to this subpoena may be controversial in the current political environment, we hope that the members of the Select Committee will respect our client’s right to invoke the protections of the Constitution,” his attorney, Mark MacDougall, wrote.
Two other Senate committees have contacted Pagliano in the past week, according to a copy of the letter, which was obtained by The Washington Post. The requests came from the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Homeland Security Committee, according to people familiar with the requests.
The Senate Judiciary Committee confirmed Wednesday that it sought to ask Pagliano about his work for Clinton.
Let’s face it, they’re all going to plead the Fifth, including Clinton herself, and will blame it on a so-called “partisan, right-wing witch-hunt.” This is all these criminals know how to do. This playbook has worked wonders for Team Obama, so why not continue with it? So we’ll have someone running for POTUS possibly facing indictment who won’t talk. And remember, she claimed she wanted all her emails and all the information out there, which as we all know now is complete bullshit.
Meanwhile, in 0ther Clinton Crime Family news:
Hillary Clinton tapped into the vast network of donors cultivated by her family’s foundation to fund one of her first major initiatives as secretary of state: constructing the U.S. pavilion at the 2010 World’s Fair in Shanghai.
Emails included in the 7,000 pages of records published by the State Department Monday suggest Clinton’s close relationships with corporate executives helped bring in the $61 million needed to build the pavilion.
Kris Balderston, State’s special representative for global partnerships, led a frantic push to find the sponsors necessary for the expo before it opened in May 2010, relying on many of the same donors that support the Clinton Foundation to pay for the sprawling U.S. exhibit.
Thirty-nine of the 70 corporate donors to the pavilion were also donors to the Clinton Foundation — a significant portion given that some of the sponsors were Chinese companies.
A number of Clinton’s private emails shed light on how the State Department under Clinton targeted and courted specific corporations for participation in the project.
One email details conversations held between several Clinton aides and Mark Landler, a reporter for the New York Times, for a story Landler was writing about the Shanghai expo.
Landler “wanted to know if she used the WJC/HRC rolodex to raise money,” Balderston wrote to Clinton in December of 2009 of his interview with the reporter. “We said no and noted that all of the money is being raised in the business community and not by individuals.”
And they were lying. Imagine that.