When they start pleading the Fifth, the likelihood that there’s at least a smidgen of corruption at play grows exponentially.
The skies continue to get darker for Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton over her use of private email accounts and a private server. And the controversy shows no signs of going away any time soon after a former Clinton aide said this week he’ll invoke his Fifth Amendment right to avoid self-incrimination if called before Congress.
Fox News reported:
A former aide to Hillary Clinton who helped set up her private email server has told at least three congressional committees that he will invoke the Fifth Amendment to avoid testifying against his former boss, Fox News has confirmed.
Bryan Pagliano, who worked on Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign before helping install the so-called “homebrew” server system in her Chappaqua, N.Y. home, was asked to testify about the server by the House Select Committee on Benghazi, the Senate Judiciary Committee, and the Senate Homeland Security Committee.
“Mr. Pagliano’s legal counsel told the committee yesterday that he would plead the 5th to any and all questions if he were compelled to testify,” a spokesperson for Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, told Fox late Wednesday.
In addition to numerous classified emails being found among those Clinton turned over to the State Department, it was learned this week that the former secretary of state wrote and sent at least six top secret emails herself, according to Fox News.
This coming despite numerous denials from Clinton that she did not handle classified information through her private server.
And with the man who helped set up the server planning to cop the Fifth, even normal media allies will be hard-pressed to continue downplaying the story.
Meanwhile, Pagliano’s attorney, Mark MacDougall, is taking a page out of the Clinton playbook to play up the perceived political motivations.
“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,” MacDougall wrote in a letter to Congress.
Harvard professor and legal scholar Alan Dershowitz discussed the latest developments with “Fox & Friends” co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck:
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