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    Ex-Clinton Aide Granted Immunity in Email Probe

    FILE - Bryan Pagliano, a former State Department employee who helped set up and maintain a private email server used by Hillary Rodham Clinton, departs Capitol Hill, Sept. 10, 2015.
    FILE - Bryan Pagliano, a former State Department employee who helped set up and maintain a private email server used by Hillary Rodham Clinton, departs Capitol Hill, Sept. 10, 2015.
    Ken Bredemeier

    A one-time aide to former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, now the leading 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, has been granted immunity as prosecutors question him about the possible mishandling of classified information on her private email server when she was the country's top diplomat.

    The aide, Bryan Pagliano, worked on Clinton's unsuccessful 2008 run for the Democratic presidential nomination and later set up the email server in her New York home she used while she headed the State Department from 2009 to 2013. For months, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has been conducting a review of the more than 30,000 work-related emails she received or sent during those four years. The State Department has found that 22 of them contained "top secret" information, 65 "secret" information and another 2,028 "classified" material.

    FILE - Democratic presidential candidate, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton looks at an email sent by Ambassador Chris Stevens during her testimony before the House Benghazi Committee, Oct. 22, 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington.
    FILE - Democratic presidential candidate, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton looks at an email sent by Ambassador Chris Stevens during her testimony before the House Benghazi Committee, Oct. 22, 2015, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

    Clinton has said that none of the emails were marked with any national security classification at the time she received or sent the information. She said she used the home-based server as a matter of convenience, but now says it was an error.

    “Yes, I should have used two email addresses, one for personal matters and one for my work at the State Department," Clinton has said. "Not doing so was a mistake. I’m sorry about it, and I take full responsibility.”

    Pagliano refused to testify before a congressional panel last September about the Clinton email server, invoking his constitutional right against self-incrimination. But U.S. authorities now say he is cooperating with the probe, which is ongoing even as Clinton is surging in the race for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination leading up to the November national election to pick the successor to President Barack Obama, who leaves office in January 2017.

    The Clinton campaign said it is pleased Pagliano is cooperating with investigators looking to see whether there was any criminal wrongdoing in the handling of the emails that ran through Clinton's server.

    Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon said, “As we have said since last summer, Secretary Clinton has been cooperating with the Department of Justice’s security inquiry, including offering in August to meet with them to assist their efforts if needed.”

    The FBI probe of the emails is not expected to be completed yet for months, placing its outcome in the midst of the presidential campaign.

    Clinton's rival for the Democratic nomination, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, has largely dismissed concerns about the security of the material in the emails. But Republican presidential candidates have launched regular attacks against Clinton on the issue, saying that she is unfit to be president because she breached national security with the use of the private email server.

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    by: 1worldnow from: Earth
    March 05, 2016 10:10 PM
    660,000 blacks per year. Keep voting Democrats, and black lives will never matter!

    by: Anonymous
    March 04, 2016 12:14 AM
    Receiving immunity to testify is no indication of any wrongdoing
    by any party. It just shows how smart the guy is when it comes to dealing with the FBI, who will always threaten and intimidate, even with no evidence, just to look like they know what in hell they're doing. I'm not certain, but if you have immunity from prosecution, you cannot take the fifth when under examination. They're doing everything they can to make it look like Hillary has something to hide. This whole e-mail thing is just a bogus attempt at character assassination. We all know who the FBI is in bed with.

    by: Anonymous
    March 03, 2016 3:41 PM
    A tempest in a teacup. The Republican's won't let it go because they have nothing else. They're so use to dealing with their own party idiots they have no idea how intelligent and capable Hillary Clinton really is. She is more than a match for them and will prove it in no uncertain terms after her inauguration as President of the United States.

    by: Marcus Aurelius II from: NJ USA
    March 03, 2016 2:16 PM
    Rumors are swirling. There is speculation that there were e-mails that relate to a conspiracy to cover up wrong doing by hiding or destroying evidence the FBI needed for their investigation. We know Mrs. Clinton tried but failed to erase thousands of e-mails she said were not related to government business. There is further speculation that some of the e-mails related to donations to the Clinton Foundation.

    While there is no public disclosure I'm aware of that proves a conflict of interest exists, what has been published makes me very suspicious. Why did Goldman Sacks pay her $675,000 for three short speeches? What did she say that was so valuable? She made more money on that alone, the total time said to be hardly more than an hour than most Americans earn working in ten years.

    And she says she would not be swayed by this payment. Who with even the least shred of common sense could believe her. She's not the solution, she and her friends are the problem.
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    by: 1worldnow from: Earth
    March 04, 2016 11:31 AM
    Your eyes are wide open, brother! Everything she shouts and stands against, she is a contributor! She shouts about gender-pay gap with the women, but when she was SecState, her department had the worst pay-gender gap than the other departments. But that's seems to be OK with her wacko supporters. She cries about the poor, yet racks up millions just by talking! She talks she is with the average American......nobody can get away with doing most of what she has done!

    by: Rob Severson from: Madison, WI
    March 03, 2016 1:48 PM
    *rolls eyes*
    Yeah. I am sure that the campaign is pleased that the staffer is co-operating, so long as he doesn't cooperate.

    This goes beyond witch-hunts. We now have IMMUNITY granted to someone in her direct sphere of influence. Immunity is granted only when a crime has been committed. What we have here is the political equivalent to a femoral artery puncture. Her candidacy IS going to bleed out, its just a question of how long into the cycle we go before she is ruined. Get behind Bernie NOW folks.
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    by: 1worldnow from: Earth
    March 04, 2016 11:25 AM
    We are not discussing the most important evidence of all: what about her boss? When she was SecState, her boss authorizes security clearances, as well as security certificates in her government ID in order to receive any and all classified communications! I know this all too well, being in that sphere for over 30 years. Before she was SecState, these requirements were already in place, so she can't claim ignorance, especially someone who has been in government service her entire life.

    Someone who can't claim ignorance when she supported the firings of others for doing THE EXACT SAME THING! But again, what about her boss? She had only one boss, the guy who hired her for the job, the guy who sent many of those classified material TO A PRIVATE NON-GOVERNMENT APPROVED EMAIL ACCOUNT!!!!! Her boss fired another hire profiler for less than what HilDawg did! Have you figure out who her boss was, yet? Why isn't his name being mentioned?
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    by: Jerry Rockwell from: Warrensburg
    March 03, 2016 2:30 PM
    There is no need to grant immunity to someone who is innocent and has nothing to hide. This man feared prosecution for criminal activity. Whoever ordered him to do the work is also criminally involved. Do we need more to prove Hillary is a willing co-conspirator involving illegal activities? Very doubtful! Vote republican!

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