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It looks like Hillary Clinton’s information technology specialist’s ability to claim his Fifth Amendment privilege may be about to come to a close.
A federal judge ordered Bryan Pagliano, the IT technician who set up the former secretary of state’s private email server, to produce the specifics of the immunity agreement he has with the Justice Department, according to The Daily Caller.
U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan, a Bill Clinton appointee who has nonetheless been critical of both the State Department and the former secretary over her email scandal, also indefinitely held over Pagliano’s deposition with Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group.
Sullivan’s order Friday came in response to a motion by Pagliano’s lawyers to prohibit Judicial Watch from video recording its deposition with the IT specialist, during which he has repeatedly invoked his Fifth Amendment right to refuse to answer questions that may tend to incriminate the person being questioned.
The Daily Caller reported:
Little is known about Pagliano’s agreement with the government. But The New York Times reported in March that Pagliano was granted limited immunity rather than blanket immunity. Limited immunity is a narrower agreement that prevents a witnesses’ words from being used against them. Blanket immunity is a promise not to prosecute at all.
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Journalist and American Commitment president Phil Kerpen tweeted:
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) June 3, 2016
And observers were delighted.
— LisaPizza (@LisaPizza9) June 4, 2016
@DailyCaller Nice move by the Judge
— Ron Atkins (@RonAtkins) June 5, 2016
— Travis Angry (@TravisAngry) June 4, 2016
— timothy m. ryan (@strandleper) June 4, 2016
If you have immunity, why need a 5A refusal to testify? I think he’d be better off with bodyguards. https://t.co/6nSWU4v4BZ
— Robert J Jacobsen (@RobertJJacobsen) June 4, 2016
And one person reasoned:
@DailyCaller if the person paid to set up the system needs immunity, how can the 1 that hired and used the system be w/out culpability?
— Christine yates (@th_christine) June 5, 2016
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