Two bombshell reports out of the New York Times and Washington Post respectively have provided new details as to where the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s e-mail scandal stands.
The short of it – it doesn’t look very good for the former Secretary of State.
First item of note is a big one:
Bryan Pagliano, the IT employee who set up Clinton’s server and pled the 5th to avoid cooperating with investigators was granted immunity for cooperating.
Via the Washington Post:
The Justice Department has granted immunity to the former State Department staffer who worked on Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private email server, a sign the FBI investigation into possible criminal wrongdoing is progressing.
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.
Immunity means Pagliano will be looking to cooperate in the case. What will that cooperation lead to? Perhaps a path to finding illegality.
The Clinton campaign has repeatedly called the investigation a “security review,” but according to both reports, the FBI investigation has become criminal in nature. One official told The Post “There was wrongdoing.”
Clinton and some of her top aides seem destined for interviews with law enforcement themselves.
Via the New York Times:
As Hillary Clinton moves toward the Democratic presidential nomination, she faces legal hurdles from her use of a private computer server as secretary of state that could jar her campaign’s momentum in the months ahead.
Foremost among a half-dozen inquiries and legal proceedings into whether classified information was sent through Mrs. Clinton’s server is an investigation by the F.B.I., whose agents, according to one law enforcement official, could seek to question Mrs. Clinton’s closest aides and possibly the candidate herself within weeks.
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.”
In light of these new reports, it would appear that Clinton’s e-mail scandal is just heating up.