Hillary Clinton may be wearing nice orange pants suits in the near future. Both The Washington Post and The New York Times are reporting new developments in the FBI investigation of the Clinton email scandal, and it’s not very pretty. Some of the highlights include:
- Remember Bryan Pagliano, the IT employee who set up Clinton’s server and pled the 5th to avoid cooperating with investigators? Well Bryan’s been granted immunity for cooperating.
- What the Clinton campaign has called a “security review,” but according to both reports, the FBI investigation has become criminal in nature. One official told The Post “There was wrongdoing.”
- According to The Times, “F.B.I. agents have sought to compare electronic timestamps on classified sources to figure out whether the aides reviewed the sources and then retyped the information into emails that were sent or forwarded to Mrs. Clinton’s private server.”
- Both reports said Clinton is likely to be asked to be interviewed by the Bureau in the coming months.
According to the Washington Post
A senior U.S. law enforcement official said the FBI had secured the cooperation of Bryan Pagliano who worked on Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign before setting up the server in her New York home in 2009. (The NY Times says Pagliano has already testified)
As the FBI looks to wrap up its investigation in the coming months, agents will likely want to interview Clinton and her senior aides about the decision to use a private server, how it was set up, and whether any of the participants knew they were sending classified information in emails, current and former officials said.
Interestingly the report says that General Petraeus’ infraction was worse than Ms. Clinton’s “since he lied to the FBI, and classified information he shared with his biographer contained top secret code words, identities of covert officers, war strategy and intelligence capabilities.” If that is the case than she cannot be charged for more serious crimes than the General, at least according to the WAPO’s sources.
The New York Times adds that a law enforcement source said the FBI could seek to question Mrs. Clinton’s closest aides and possibly the candidate herself within weeks.
But even the request would be damaging to Clinton. Even though FBI interrogation is not an indication of guilt with Hillary’s history of lies on this issue will make it seem like condemnation. If she refuses to talk to the FBI, as many people do on the first request Ms. Clinton will look guiltier than she already does.
A federal law enforcement official said that barring any unforeseen changes, the F.B.I. investigation could conclude by early May. Then the Justice Department will decide whether to file criminal charges and, if so, against whom.
Pagliano, “has cooperated with the investigation, according to the law enforcement official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.”
Along with this investigation the State Department Inspector General is looking into the emails and Ms. Clinton may have to testify in the Judicial Watch lawsuit.
Last Tuesday, Washington, D.C. Federal District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan granted a motion by government watchdog organization Judicial Watch, allowing them to initiate an investigation (the legal term is discovery) into whether the State Department and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton deliberately obstructed their Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.
Hillary Clinton may be well on her way to securing the Democratic Party nomination for president, but she may also be well on her way to securing an orange jumpsuit.