Two powerful Senate Republicans probing Hillary Clinton’s email setup are floating the prospect of legal immunity for a former Clinton IT staffer who previously rebuffed their inquiries by signaling that he would invoke his Fifth Amendment rights.
In a letter to lawyers for Bryan Pagliano, the former aide who helped set up Clinton’s private email server, Sens. Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson say they “need the unique information you likely have in order to exercise their oversight functions under the Constitution, which are unrelated to any potential prosecution or criminal inquiry.”
“Thus, the Committees have the authority to obtain an immunity order, to acquire the information they need, while also protecting your right against self-incrimination,” write Grassley and Johnson, who respectively head the Judiciary and Homeland Security Committees, in the September 4 letter, which was made public Tuesday.
Pagliano was the IT director for Clinton’s failed 2008 White House run and later a State Department staffer under Clinton when she led the agency. The Washington Post reported over the weekend that the Clinton family personally paid Pagliano to maintain the server while he was working at the State Department.