Bryan Pagliano appears to be ready to cover for Hillary by asserting his Fifth Amendment privilege. He may end up going to jail for a few years for defending Hillary as other Clinton supporters have, but that may be brief and there could very well be a quid pro quo if it allows Hillary to become president. Pagliano may be willing to make that bet. It is a sad state of affairs, but the Clinton's seem to surround themselves with such cronies.
Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch today announced that it filed an opposition motion to Clinton email witness Bryan Pagliano’s attempt to file immunity agreements ex parte and under seal. Also, Judicial Watch asked the court to deny Pagliano’s effort to avoid videotaping of his deposition, during which he plans to assert his Fifth Amendment right.
Judicial Watch attorneys argue to U.S. District Court Emmett Sullivan that Pagliano’s immunity agreement should be made publicly available:
Mr. Pagliano’s request to file his immunity agreements ex parte and under seal is unfounded. First, the Court ordered Mr. Pagliano to file a memorandum, along with a copy of his reported immunity agreements. The Court did not order the immunity agreements to be filed ex parte or under seal and could have done so…as this Court has repeatedly emphasized, this case is about the public’s “right to know details related to the creation, purpose, and use of the clintonemail.com system.”
The brief also notes that the court can draw adverse inferences from any assertion of the Fifth Amendment in the civil lawsuit and that there is little chance that Pagliano could not answer some, if not all, of Judicial Watch’s questions without having to assert his Fifth Amendment rights.
The Obama administration today filed a “Statement of Interest” supporting continued secrecy of the Pagliano immunity agreements. The government’s brief states that “releasing Mr. Pagliano’s agreements with the United States could prematurely reveal the scope and focus of the pending investigation.”
Previously, Judge Sullivan issued a court order requiring Pagliano to produce any reported immunity agreement and identify the legal basis for the Fifth Amendment claim he plans to assert in Judicial Watch’s discovery into the Clinton email system. The order delayed Pagliano’s deposition, which had been scheduled for Monday, June 6.
The participation of the Obama administration in trying to keep evidence secret could have a powerful effect on the judge. It is hard to believe in the innocence of Clinton when her explanations have time and again proven false and then been modified, and when so many of her team have done their utmost to conceal evidence.
The reality is that Clinton may once again foil the legal system and avoid prosecution. The saddest part in this whole affair is that her supporters will happily elect her to the highest office in the land, knowing full well that she is a corrupt, dishonest, and devious law breaker. It seems that is the state of the nation.