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Sketchy interview: FBI files show Clinton server was built in a lab on K Street over several months

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Hillary Clinton’s infamous email server was brought to life in a Washington lab over a series of months, FBI documents reveal.

IT specialist Bryan Pagliano designed and built the machine in a room that was once part of Clinton’s campaign headquarters along Washington’s K Street, Fox News’ Catherine Herridge reported.

New details about the creation of the now-infamous server came to light in the FBI files released last Friday which included witness interviews and a June 24 interview with Pagliano. One of five people granted immunity by the Justice Department, Pagliano invoked the Fifth Amendment and refused to testify before Congress.

Pagliano revealed that Justin Cooper, a longtime Clinton aide, asked him to build the server “in the fall of 2008” and he completed the work in early 2009 in the makeshift lab on K Street. After that, Pagliano stated in the interview,  he “rented a minivan and drove to Chappaqua New York to install the email server in the Clinton residence.”

He said that “he could not recall any existing computer systems at the Chappaqua residence other than the Apple server described previously to the FBI.” He told the FBI he “believed the email server he was building would be used for private email exchange with Bill Clinton aides.”

Pagliano suddenly “recalled being given a list of user names and passwords that Cooper asked to be transferred from Cooper’s Apple server to Pagliano’s system,” during his second interview with the FBI in June, Herridge reported. But, the file continued, “Pagliano did not recall transferring an account for Hillary Clinton and does not know how her account was installed on the server he built.”

Justin Cooper, who works for Clinton Foundation entities, did not work for the State Department. However, he registered the domain, clintonemail.com, because he handled the Clintons’ financial issues, he stated in his March 2016 interview.

“Cooper recalled a personally owned iMac computer in the Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) of both the Washington, DC and Chappaqua, NY residences of Hillary Clinton,” a June 2016 FBI interview revealed. And in a violation of security protocol, Cooper stated, “The SCIF doors at both residences were not always secured.”

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