Bryan Pagliano pleads the Fifth over 125 times during Judicial Watch’s probe into Hillary Clinton’s email scandal
After a brief delay the man who set up and maintained Hillary Clinton’s personal email server, Bryan Pagliano, “testified” during the Judicial Watch inquiry into the email scandal today. I put the word testified in scare quotes because it was not much of a testimony at all, in fact he plead the Fifth more than 125 times while his lawyers blocked several other questions from even being asked even though he had previously been granted immunity.
Here is more:
A former computer technology aide to Hillary Clinton repeatedly invoked the Fifth Amendment Wednesday during a court-ordered deposition in a lawsuit related to Clinton’s private email set-up, according a conservative group pressing the legal case.
Tech specialist Bryan Pagliano asserted his constitutional right against self-incrimination “more than 125 times” during the testimony, Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said in an interview.
In addition to refusing to answer questions based on the Fifth Amendment, Pagliano’s attorneys repeatedly stepped in to block answers to other queries they said went beyond the scope of topics allowed by U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan, Fitton said.
“On many of the key issues, he took the Fifth,” Fitton said. “He took the Fifth even on questions about his resume. They had a very narrow definition of what discovery” was permitted, the Judicial Watch official said.
Asked what questions Pagliano did answer, Fitton said he believed the tech aide acknowledged that he had read documents shown him by attorneys at the deposition.
Pagliano’s lead attorney, Mark MacDougall, declined to comment Wednesday.
Did you notice how the Politico article downplayed Bryan Pagliano’s role by calling him a former technology aide when his role was actually much bigger than that? But I digress…
Bryan Pagliano has the Constitutionally protected right under the Fifth Amendment to avoid answering questions which might incriminate him and that is what he is claiming he did. However, having been granted immunity by the Department of Injustice it would seem to me as if the issue of self-incrimination was not on the table. Unless he was protecting himself from bodily harm (because we all know what happens to people who cross the Clinton’s) Bryan Pagliano was not protecting himself by pleading the Fifth, but rather he was protecting Hillary Clinton.
malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium