JUNE 07, 2016
(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch today announced that Clinton email witness Bryan Pagliano attorneys confirm for the first time that Mr. Pagliano has “use” immunity agreements with federal prosecutors investigating the Clinton email matter. The admission comes in a court filing filed at 4:55 pm:
In December 2015, Mr. Pagliano proffered testimony to the DOJ in connection with an ongoing DOJ investigation. A short time later, Mr. Pagliano and the DOJ entered into an agreement granting Mr. Pagliano limited “use” and “derivative use” immunity consistent with 18 U.S.C. § 6001 et seq. for that testimony and other testimony offered in connection with the same investigation. In response to the Court’s Order, Mr. Pagliano has today filed copies of his use immunity agreements with the Government, with a Motion asking the Court to maintain those documents ex parte and under seal.
Mr. Pagliano is the Clinton State Department IT political appointee who reportedly provided support for the Clinton email system.
“It is unfortunate the public’s right to know is being hampered,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “These court filings are further evidence of the legal mess caused by Mrs. Clinton’s email system.”
Last week, Judge Sullivan issued a court order by requiring Pagliano to produce any reported immunity agreement and identify the legal basis for the Fifth Amendment claims he plans to assert in Judicial Watch’s discovery into the Clinton email system. The order delays Mr. Pagliano’s deposition, which had been scheduled for Monday, June 6.
This discovery arises in a Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit that seeks records about the controversial employment status of Huma Abedin, former deputy chief of staff to Clinton. The lawsuit was reopened because of revelations about the clintonemail.com system. (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:13-cv-01363)). Judge Sullivan ordered that all deposition transcripts be made publicly available.