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Why is State Department staffer Bryan Pagliano going to plead the Fifth over Hillary Clinton’s email server scandal?

September 5, 2015

 hillaryAlthough Hillary Clinton used taxpayer money to set up the homebrew email server she used to conduct ALL State Department business from it was recently reported that she personally paid one of her State Department staffers, Bryan Pagliano, for the maintenance of the server.

  When this story first broke I failed to see the significance in it, while some of the right-wing blogs saw this as a sign of malfeasance I did not see it that way. While using taxpayer money to set up a personal email server was obviously an abuse of taxpayer money it seemed only natural that she should pay someone out of pocket to maintain her homebrew server so I wrote nothing about it.

  If the name Bryan Pagliano rings a bell it might be because he has decided to plead the Fifth rather than testify before the Congress about Hillary Clinton’s email scandal. While this is his right as protected by the Constitution of the United States, and while I hold no animosity toward him for exercising a right guaranteed to us all under said Constitution, it does open up the door to speculation as to why he would not use the opportunity of testifying in order to clear his name–if in fact he has not committed a crime or is being unjustly targeted.

  I speculated on his reasoning thusly: it is possible that he understood Hillary Clinton was actively seeking to make somebody a fall guy for her alleged illegality and he understood the likelihood that anything he said could be twisted around by the former Secretary of State to make him that fall guy.

  However, upon rereading the Washington Post story in which we learned Hillary Clinton paid him personally for his services we might have found the real reason why he decided to plead the Fifth:

The Clintons paid Pagliano $5,000 for “computer services” prior to his joining the State Department, according to a financial disclosure form he filed in April 2009.

But even after arriving at State in May 2009, Pagliano continued to be paid by the Clintons to maintain the server, which was in their Chappaqua, N.Y., home, according to the campaign official and another person familiar with the arrangement.

Pagliano did not list the outside income in the required personal financial disclosures he filed each year. The State Department has said Pagliano concluded his full-time service in February 2013, which coincides with Clinton’s departure as secretary.

  So while he disclosed the income for “computer services” rendered before he joined the State Department he failed to disclose the outside income he made from Hillary Clinton while he was employed at the State Department. This left the State Department unawares of his involvement in maintaining Hillary Clinton’s email server, and might have contributed to the State Department being unawares of the fact Hillary Clinton was using a homebrew email server:

 The private pay arrangement has not previously been reported. The State Department has declined to answer questions about whether the private system was widely known within the agency or officially approved.

 Asked in early August about whether Pagliano had been paid privately to maintain the server, a State Department official said that the agency had “found no evidence that he ever informed the department that he had outside income.”
  So, the question I have at this point is this: did he do this on his own or was he persuaded to keep this on the down-low so that Hillary Clinton could keep her anonymity when it came to what she, and the Clinton Foundation, was up to during her tenure as Secretary of State?
 Malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium
9 Comments leave one →
  1. lou222 permalink
    September 5, 2015 10:10 pm

    I am sure he is torn between testifying AND ending up fish bait IF he testifies….so guess he wants to still be breathing. I wonder if the Clinton machine is as powerful as it once was, but I doubt he wants to take that chance. Imagine it was fun while it lasted, but why anyone would think the Clintons could/would be loyal to anyone else is the question. Of course he knows something, but then again, like I said, he is probably weighing the odds and is finding he is on the light end. Guess I cannot blame him, but that is not helping this country rid itself of some evil crap that keeps popping its’ evil head up.

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    • September 6, 2015 6:28 am

      I suppose when you look at their history it is not a difficult decision to make, although he should have thought about that before he decided to work for them.
      I am sure they still have just as much power as they always had but maybe Bernie is taking a little shine off the machine.


  2. lou222 permalink
    September 5, 2015 10:13 pm

    I also imagine that there are alot of people that have thought she was going to be a shoe in for the presidency and wanted to ride the wave with her. Now it doesn’t look so good for her and they might be second guessing their decision to make a deal with the devil. They are in a tight spot of their own making, so I cannot feel that sorry for any of the…it must have been fun while it lasted. Moral to that story is to never put all your eggs in one basket, right?

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    • September 6, 2015 6:29 am

      That is as good a theory as any as to why he would get caught up in something like this while knowing the Clintons’ history. But when you lie down with dogs…


      • lou222 permalink
        September 6, 2015 9:12 am



  3. September 6, 2015 8:02 am

    Standing on the Fifth, can be a double edged sword. It appears that Pagliano, has been schooled. This is bizarre for a “computer geek”, as it is more, a conduct of a subject involved in a case, much deeper than what they say. It may, possibly be, that he was the bagman for data exchanges to unauthorized persons, from the server. He could be the saleman of classified data. Gowdy will need to keep this thought in mind, because once pleading the Fifth, Gowdy should request a congressional investigation of the subject as a satellite investigation revolving around the initial investigation of the case at hand. It may be, that other fish will be caught in the net. If the subject says one single word beyond mute, he can no longer claim the Fifth as the mantle has been pierced. As the subject is not a target of the investigation at this juncture, Gowdy can request contempt charges and jail the subject until conclusion of the case. By prematurely standing on the Fifth, and remaining in that state of silence, the person of interest, becomes a viable target of prosecution as the subject has not been indicted (yet), nor formally charged with anything. The overall appearance telegraphed by the subject is, “Here I am. I am dirty”. Unautorized possession and sale of classified information, is what I would be honing in on, if I were Gowdy. Now, the “message” should be sent. Jailtime, and shake others on the staff. Follow the money, but do something that I always did: SEARCH FOR JUDAS.

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    • September 6, 2015 8:14 am

      Thanks for all that information! It is an interesting point that you brought up about how this now opens up the door to another investigation because he was not originally a target in this one but rather a witness. It definitely appears as if he was engaged in something he should not have been and was trying to hide it from the State Department and probably from the IRS by not reporting it.
      Gowdy needs to pursue this all the way until the end and I have to think that at some point somebody will have to flip.

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      • September 6, 2015 8:21 am

        Judas. Somebody willing to betray another. Be it thirty silver coins or hatred, somebody will, betray and that is important. People will start flipping, if another is jailed, because they will know that the prosecution is not playing games nor entertaining foolishness. Generally, when people flip, many much smaller and insignificant mysteries get cleared up, as people start confessing about the ballpoint pen they saw on someone’s desk and placed it in their pocket.

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      • September 6, 2015 6:24 pm

        I agree, if somebody goes to jail for protecting the Clintons it is probably only a matter of time before someone decides they are not going to go to jail. Once that happens the dominoes could start to fall and Hillary’s house of cards could come tumbling down!

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