Hillary Clinton's IT Aide Pleads The Fifth Over 125 Times

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If the Obama administration defines itself as the "most transparent ever", one wonder what will be the term describing Hillary Clinton's potential presidency. We ask, because as Fox News reports, Brian Pagliano, the man believed to have set up and maintained the private server in the basement of then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s New York home invoked his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination more than 125 times during a deposition as part of a civil court case on Wednesday.

According to Fox, Pagliano’s sworn testimony with conservative organization Judicial Watch lasted for roughly 90 minutes, during which the IT expert repeatedly read a carefully worded statement off of an index card while refusing to answer questions. Pagliano’s deposition on Wednesday was originally scheduled to occur more than two weeks ago, but was postponed when his lawyers notified the court that the former State Department employee would be pleading the Fifth.

Which he did. Repeatedly.

As reported here previously, the IT official could have provided key information in the case, which might have resolved lingering questions about the state of Clinton’s private server, how information was preserved and the security protocols used to protect her data. However, as part of its ongoing criminal probe related to the server and the possibility that classified information was mishandled, he declined answer questions in part due to the federal government’s decision to grant him limited immunity.

After a back-and-forth between the two legal teams, Judge Emmet Sullivan ruled this month that the details of that immunity deal could remain secret.

As The Hill adds, despite his resistance to give up any possible incriminating information, Pagliano’s appearance in the deposition with Judicial Watch might reflect poorly on Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Unlike in criminal cases, judges in civil suits are allowed to draw inferences from a witness’s decision not to answer questions, potentially increasing the likelihood that Clinton herself is asked to testify as part of the Judicial Watch lawsuit. Clinton’s campaign would surely vigorously oppose any request for her to appear, and the event could dramatically shake up the presidential race. 

Judicial Watch has filed multiple open records lawsuits related to Clinton’s exclusive use of a private email account and server while serving as the nation’s top diplomat. Depositions have been granted in two of those cases, and the decision in a third was this week put on hold pending the outcomes of those two other cases.

Two other former aides are scheduled to be interviewed before the end of the month: longtime deputy Huma Abedin and Undersecretary for Management Patrick Kennedy.

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froze25's picture

So, 125 questions would be self incriminating? Wow.

IndyPat's picture

Is judicial watch suing for the list of questions? Thats gotta be some fun shit.

jcaz's picture

Guess that's what having a nail gun waved around your head last night will do to ya....

peddling-fiction's picture

This would make it hard for him to get work in the private sector. Now the public sector is another story.

Four chan's picture

he's no snowden. he's shit. just like its career criminal boss.

The Merovingian's picture

Most transparent administration ever! /s

The MSM will blame Trump and Bush, and call this 'just another right wing conspiracy'.

The fucking arrogance of this prick and the rest of the Clinton Camp and their minions is truly flabbergasting. Gen. Petraeus must be livid after the railroading he got. Any regular Joe would be thrown in the deepest, darkest hole and the key would be thrown away forever for far less than this crooked bitch and her filandering husband have done. Where is the justice?

TRUMP 2016!

jeff montanye's picture

i don't know if it's arrogance on the part of the it guy, and it's clearly his absolute right not to testify (didn't help much in the old huac/blacklist days though).  

in a way i'm kind of glad he did.  it certainly seems to establish that something incriminating was going on and try as the clinton/obama crowd might to sue trump university or examine the labor practices at the trump casinos, this one looks like it has more traction and get up and go.  she's also worked harder at the coverup which, as we know, is where the private parts often get caught between the floorboards.

Poundsand's picture

It's now a verb as in:  "He's been Vince Fostered!"

eatthebanksters's picture

Two questions: 1. Did he actually answer any questions without pleading the 5th?    2. If he plead the 5th that means the FBI has not ansked him that question so he could incriminate himslef..right?  I find it hard to believe that Judical Watch asked him 125 questions that the FBI failed to ask.

johngaltfla's picture

Good luck with that in front of the Grand Jury.

LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) IndyPat Jun 22, 2016 3:41 PM

And NONE of this will be in any of the "news" that people read/hear/see.  Therefore, in the "minds" of the vast majority of people it didn't happen.

Bilderberg Member's picture

The latest example of a present day slave on the clinton plantation.


Bill of Rights's picture

Bingo! We have a winner. But the gun the wedding the car crash and the child molester up the street will be all the rage.

MalteseFalcon's picture

Can't wait for Hitlery to be deposed.

It's coming.

11b40's picture

What is a little disturbing to me is that Trump is missing so many good opportunities to pound her.  If someone from his organization simply monitored ZH, they would have more damaging talking points than they could use.  Trump should already be tweeting about this.  He should have tweeted out her donor list, and the list of paid speeches with dates and amounts.  There are plenty of other examples of things he could use to just pound her with, too.  He has the ability to make the media talk about the issues.....if he brings them up.

Miss Ion's picture

You still think trump is trying to win this?

Look at hillary's "perfect" voting record. Look how often the intelligence people have to clean something up for her. This has been planned for awhile. Der fuhrer trump, or madam president...

Trump went off on a judge from indiana for being mexican instead of his association with a latino empowerment group. 

The only thing trump's campaign has going for it is that hillary represents the exact kind of government people are tired of and believe is harmful to their lives. He can't campaign on that because as soon as he is in office he has to bend over and lube his b-hole for the shadow government, becoming the government type people are tired of...

hedgeless_horseman's picture


Nice to see a smart young lady not falling for the Trump or Hillary false dilemma.

jeff montanye's picture

makes you wonder, i'll agree.  but some of this is coming so thick and fast one almost wants to wait it out and see how much worse for hillary it gets.  also don't want to wear it out.  if they get into a back and forth during the summer, it might seem old hat when the great mass of people who aren't really fascinated by politics (like we are) starts to pay attention.  don't want to let her practice her responses too much either (and trump may still be digesting the data dumps from that "romanian" who speaks/writes such poor romanian (but apparently can take a computer system apart from a distance in a jiffy).


Not so fast. For now, we're the only ones paying attentire -- this is all more valuable deeper into the election. 

LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) froze25 Jun 22, 2016 3:37 PM

For some that means 125 reasons to vote for Hillary(!)  WAY too many FSA, brain damaged, and corrupt people out there.

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N0TaREALmerican (not verified) LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD Jun 22, 2016 3:47 PM


Yeah,  especially all of those living off of Big-Ag, Big-MIC, Big-Ed, Big-FIN, Big-Road, Big-Water, Big-Airport, Big-OldFart, Big-PoliceState, Big-Energy, Big-Health, and Big-StateGov.   

Most of the top 10% benefits from Big-Gov, so that's allot more than 125 reasons.  

Miss Ion's picture

Don't be so cynical.

I wouldn't vote for hillary, I just wouldn't complain so loudly

SYantiss's picture

I had to explain to a retired (over 65) relative, the other day, how Social Security was never meant to be a retirement plan. This guy is a lib, but it's mostly through ignorance.

It's sad, but most people, especially the older crowd, do not know that SS was not intended to be a retirement plan. It was intended to help you live if you were lucky enough to live past the median age. Which was another Democrat trap for the blacks since they paid into a system that statistically, they'd never benefit from.

But at the time of the implementation of SS the median life expectancy was 65. Today the median LE is more like 75, and for a long time people have considered SS to be a retirement plan. It's just not sustainable in that format. I certainly don't pay enough into that system to cover me for 10 or more years of elderlyness.

But... Hey... Big Gov loves you thinking that you're owed by them... It's really ownership when your "owed"... But they have the power in that relationship, not you.

consider me gone's picture

Of course he did, even though he had immunity. He rightfully doesn't want to be "suicided" like Vince Foster. This way he'll be touched to be in charge of the Department of Obfuscation.

jeff montanye's picture

"limited" immunity the parameters of which are still secret.  so he may be at risk from the feds or the plaintiffs or future plaintiffs (of course he's still at risk from the clintions: i can just see cankles showing him her antique revolver collection while cackling, may have a framed photo of gaddafi getting it up the wazoo on her mantle, just to set the ambience).

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) HedgeAccordingly Jun 22, 2016 9:44 PM

Hillary Clinton's email server was a TROJAN SERVER. It was set up for Saudi Arabia and other Clinton clients to have an open portal into the United State government computer network.

The proof is in the fact, that Hillary Clinton ordered her IT operator to disengage every security feature on her server.  This is the evidence of what was broken here from Day One again, while everyone else missed the story, in this server was a Clinton Foundation quid pro quo of espionage against America, exactly as Bill & Hillary Clinton and Al Gore allowed Chicoms  open access to American nuclear secrets in exchange for PLA donations in 1996 to the Clinton Gore campaign.

From Lame Cherry blog




N0TaREALmerican's picture
N0TaREALmerican (not verified) Jun 22, 2016 3:27 PM


Wow, he must really be smashed by now.  

Homey Da Clown's picture

what's the difference between this and a mob trial? Mobsters actually end up going to jail. You have to be devoid of any realiity to not know Hillary committed several serious crimes here.

1980XLS's picture

Just like the mob, if he squeals, he gets whacked.

Prolly does not want to be part of the Clinton, dead body count.

mygameon's picture

30,000 potential felonies because she KNOWINGLY destroyed evidence (emails) she was instructed to secure.  Anyone other than this cunt conducts themselves this way they end up in prison, no questions asked, no sympathy, no doubt about it.

We have lost our way in the good ole USA.....

IndyPat's picture

Mobsters get RICO. It's what the damn tool was made for.

These Hillbilly fucks are mobsters the likes that have never been seen.

At least the WOPs had a code and some honor.

g speed's picture

yeah but these hillbilly fucks are lawyers--just explaining the system is all---

PirateOfBaltimore's picture

Worth noting over and over and over again:


 Unlike in criminal cases, judges in civil suits are allowed to draw inferences from a witness’s decision not to answer questions, potentially increasing the likelihood that Clinton herself is asked to testify as part of the Judicial Watch lawsuit.

IndyPat's picture

Arent they also allowed to make certain assumptions about documents and evidence that were distroyed?

Whats the word I'm looking for here?


MANvsMACHINE's picture

He plead the fifth to protect the filth.

WarPony's picture

Circumstantial evidence - "trout in the milk."

i_call_you_my_base's picture

LOL, your IT guy has to plead the fifth. What a clusterfuck of a woman.

j0nx's picture

Pretty fucking sad that this poor bastard is the only one the FBI has seen fit to haul in so far. Poor dumb bastard just doing his shit IT job for her and he's the only one swinging in the wind for this. The FBI should be fucking ashamed of themselves for not already arresting everyone for this blatant lawlessness from the top down. At this point why should any American obey laws when it's quite clear that those same laws don't apply to the ones at the top.

Taffy Lewis's picture

The IT guy's children are probably locked away in a dungeon somewhere and of course the Fucking BI has no clue where they are.


CheapBastard's picture

Next up is her plumber, then the lawn guy, then her hairdresser, and so on. The wheels of justice move slowly however in this case, they will not move at all. Lowrenta is too busy chasing climate change deniers.


National Security is low on her list.

Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

~"Poor dumb bastard just doing his shit IT job for her and he's the only one swinging in the wind for this."~

Maybe so, but at some point I'm sure he felt it was pretty cool to be her IT guy. I sure hope he got paid a lot to do it, (though I doubt it was enough), as this is going to stick with him for the rest of his life.