Last week it created some buzz when White House spokesgnome, Josh Earnest, admitted during a press briefing that Hillary Clinton was the subject of an FBI criminal investigation. Behind the scenes there is no doubt that the Clinton campaign when batsh** crazy, this led to Earnest sorta walking back the statement the next day, admitting “I am no expert.” Now an expert has spoken and he has said that the investigation focused on Hillary Clinton’s emails is, in fact, criminal.
As you recall (see the whole sordid story here), Clinton’s private-though-government-paid IT guy, Bryan Pagliano, was scheduled to be deposed by Judicial Watch in their lawsuit against Hillary Clinton and the State Department over the refusal to obey FOIA regulations. He announced that he a) had an immunity deal with Justice and b) would take the Fifth. The judge demanded that Pagliano produce the immunity deal so the judge could see what might be at stake. Today he ruled:
A former information technology aide to Hillary Clinton received immunity from the Justice Department in connection with a criminal investigation, a federal judge confirmed Tuesday.
Bryan Pagliano, a computer expert who worked at the State Department while Clinton was secretary of state and was also paid privately by her, was previously reported to have received immunity in connection with statements he gave to the FBI about Clinton’s private server set-up.
However, there had been no explicit confirmation that the investigation—which Clinton has repeatedly referred to as a “security review”—is actually a criminal probe.
“The privacy interests at stake are high because the government’s criminal investigation through which Mr. Pagliano received limited immunity is ongoing and confidential,” U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan wrote in an order issued Tuesday.
It is virtually impossible to come up with any circumstance where Pagliano would be offered a plea deal in a criminal investigation and that investigation did not concern Hillary Clinton and her inner circle. It is also improbable to come up with circumstances where Pagliano’s proffer could score him an immunity deal and no indictments were going to follow.