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Hillary Aid to Get Immunity, Testifies

In about 90 days, could face indictment. 

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Townhall.com logo MARCH 3, 2016
Oh My: DOJ Grants Clinton Aide Immunity for Cooperation, FBI Expected to Interview Hillary

Guy Benson
3/3/2016 10:30:00 AM - Guy Benson


Just when Hillary Clinton appeared to finally be barreling toward the Democratic nomination, the Washington Post and New York Times report that her email scandal is growing even more serious. Remember the staffer who she hired to set up her rules-violated, unsecure private email server who invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self incrimination? He's been granted immunity by the feds, in exchange for his cooperation in this ongoing, expanded criminal investigation:

The Justice Department has granted immunity to the former State Department staffer who worked on Hillary Clinton’s private email server as part of a criminal investigation into the possible mishandling of classified information, according to a senior law enforcement official. The 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. 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...As part of the inquiry, law enforcement officials will look at the potential damage had the classified information in the emails been exposed. The Clinton campaign has described the probe as a security review. But current and former officials in the FBI and at the Justice Department have said investigators are trying to determine whether a crime was committed. “There was wrongdoing,” said a former senior law enforcement official. “But was it criminal wrongdoing?”

Had the classified information been exposed? A Defense Intelligence Analyst, the former acting CIA Director and President Obama's former Secretary of Defense have all stated with virtual certainty that her egregiously vulnerable was accessed by foreign governments. In any case, Pagliano is now a cooperating witness in this probe -- which Mrs. Clinton inaccurately downplayed as a trivial "security review." Oh really? Here's how the Post describes its seriousness: "The email investigation is being conducted by FBI counterintelligence agents and supervised by the Justice Department’s National Security Division." The Times confirms that the FBI will likely interview the presidential candidate in the next few weeks, with conclusions about a prosecution referral being drawn in "the coming months." Its story also counts the various concurrent open investigations into Clinton's conduct:

In addition to the F.B.I. investigation, there are continuing inquiries into Mrs. Clinton’s emails by the inspector general of the State Department, the inspector general of the intelligence agencies, the State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security and the House Select Committee on Benghazi. Aides to Mrs. Clinton and officials from the State Department also face the prospect of questioning under oath in a separate legal proceeding brought by Judicial Watch, the conservative government watchdog group, under the Freedom of Information Act. In that case, the group has sought emails related to the special employment status given to Mrs. Clinton’s close aide Huma Abedin so she could receive additional salaries beyond the one she received from State. Last week Judge Emmet G. Sullivan of United States District Court in Washington allowed the questioning after a hearing in which he criticized the State Department’s “constant drip” of revelations about emails from the server and said there were many unanswered questions about who authorized its use.“It just boggles the mind that the State Department allowed this circumstance to arise in the first place,” said Judge Sullivan, who was appointed to the District Court in 1994 by President Bill Clinton and to lower courts by Presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush. “It’s just very, very, very troubling.”

Five probes. A Republican conspiracy, the Clinton campaign desperately spins. The State Department has confirmed that more than 2,000 emails on Clinton's bootleg server contained classified material. She flatly denied trafficking in any such information when this scandal broke roughly a year ago. Since then, she has piled lie atop provable lie in an effort to escape political and legal consequences. Her national security-compromising behavior was not an innocent accident; she knew her duty and ignored it, even after she was explicitly warned about hostile hackers trying to access US secrets by targeting top officials' private emails. Both news stories quote unnamed officials straddling the line between casting the scandal as very serious, and downplaying its implications. The Times writes that David Petraeus' misconduct is considered worse by some in the know because the material he wrongly shared was more sensitive, because he clearly knew what he was doing, and because he initially lied to investigators. On the other hand, officials quoted in previous stories pertaining to this mess have framed the Petraeus affair as less serious because the leak was contained to one other person: His mistress, who had top-level security clearance. Investigators are trying to piece together how, logistically, certain highly secret emails -- including top secret and beyond-top-secret material -- ended up on Clinton's basement server:

In their investigation, 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. That has proved challenging, and one official said investigators have not concluded that such retyping occurred. State Department officials said that an employee who divulges classified information in the department’s unclassified network could face administrative punishments, including reprimands or in severe cases the loss of any security clearance.

Mrs. Clinton has lied to the public and the press about this situation repeatedly. She'd better get her story straight before she sits down with the FBI. Parting thought: Some of the quotes in these stories can be interpreted as subtle attempts to tamp down expectations of an indictment, or at least to take pains to avoid fueling a political fire. Are these sources just being sensitive to the electoral context to all of this, or might we see warring leaks over the next several days, as we've seen in the past? What seems clear is that this issue continues to ensnarl Hillary Clinton, and that this extremely serious matter will hang over her head for at least the next few months. If and when a criminal referral is offered or withheld, expect blame and leaks to fly. 

 

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Bernie

http://www.salon.com/2016/03/03/this_is_why_bernies_the_democratic_front_runner_justice_department_p...

 

Sanders +10. 6 Senate seats, 20 in the house.

 

And before anyone sweats it too hard, still a divided government. Bernie doesn't get to be dictator.

 

El donaldo thinks he will be but won't.

 

At any rate, clearly the most decent human being in the whole litter.

 

You guys should have listened to me- I tagged Obama in '07. You tagged Palin.

 

 

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@hardnox wrote:

http://www.salon.com/2016/03/03/this_is_why_bernies_the_democratic_front_runner_justice_department_p...

 

Sanders +10. 6 Senate seats, 20 in the house.

 

And before anyone sweats it too hard, still a divided government. Bernie doesn't get to be dictator.

 

El donaldo thinks he will be but won't.

 

At any rate, clearly the most decent human being in the whole litter.

 

You guys should have listened to me- I tagged Obama in '07. You tagged Palin.

 

 


Before he achieved political office, Bernie Sanders never had a steady paycheck in the first four decades of his life. Now, he aspires to the highest office in the land where he could play a decisive role in shaping the circumstances under which the rest of us work and receive (when we can) our paychecks. It is a sobering record, as Investor’s Business Daily explains it:

His family managed to send him to the University of Chicago. Despite a prestigious degree, however, Sanders failed to earn a living, even as an adult. It took him 40 years to collect his first steady paycheck — and it was a government check.

“I never had any money my entire life,” Sanders told Vermont public TV in 1985, after settling into his first real job as mayor of Burlington.

Sanders spent most of his life as an angry radical and agitator who never accomplished much of anything. And yet now he thinks he deserves the power to run your life and your finances — “We will raise taxes;” he confirmed Monday, “yes, we will.”

One of his first jobs was registering people for food stamps, and it was all downhill from there.

Sanders took his first bride to live in a maple sugar shack with a dirt floor, and she soon left him. Penniless, he went on unemployment. Then he had a child out of wedlock. Desperate, he tried carpentry but could barely sink a nail. “He was a shi**y carpenter,” a friend told Politico Magazine. “His carpentry was not going to support him, and didn’t.”

Then he tried his hand freelancing for leftist rags, writing about “masturbation and rape” and other crudities for $50 a story. He drove around in a rusted-out, Bondo-covered VW bug with no working windshield wipers. Friends said he was “always poor” and his “electricity was turned off a lot.” They described him as a slob who kept a messy apartment — and this is what his friends had to say about him.

The only thing he was good at was talking … non-stop … about socialism and how the rich were ripping everybody off. “The whole quality of life in America is based on greed,” the bitter layabout said. “I believe in the redistribution of wealth in this nation.”

So he tried politics, starting his own socialist party. Four times he ran for Vermont public office, and four times he lost — badly. He never attracted more than single-digit support — even in the People’s Republic of Vermont. In his 1971 bid for U.S. Senate, the local press said the 30-year-old “Sanders describes himself as a carpenter who has worked with ‘disturbed children.’ ” In other words, a real winner.

He finally wormed his way into the Senate in 2006, where he still ranks as one of the poorest members of Congress. Save for a municipal pension, Sanders lists no assets in his name.

Well, at least he hasn’t pulled a Clinton and enriched himself via influence-peddling. But it is quite clear that envy is a deep part of his psychology. That has become the source of focus in his life, something that obviously was lacking until he got into politics.

Can a man who was unable to earn a decent living, unable to keep himself in orderly environment, without political office really be the chief executive of the United States Government?

 

Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2016/01/bernie_sanders_before_political_office.html#ixzz41tKANRG...

 

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You're a good one to talk!  Grew hay and cheated at that and now drives a school bus!  That truly is a waste IF you really are the 2nd smartest guy around!!!!!!

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@schnurrbart wrote:

You're a good one to talk!  Grew hay and cheated at that and now drives a school bus!  That truly is a waste IF you really are the 2nd smartest guy around!!!!!!


I just posted a truthful article and did you point out proof of any errors? No. You get on a personal attack tirade. 

 

I suppose that I could do the same, but I won't.  I do feel sorry for you, and especially anyone that has the ill fortune to cross paths with you. 

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Re: Bernie

I didn't intend to try to point out any errors.  I merely pointed out your hypocrisy.  And I don't need nor want your anything!  You are always insulting anyone who disagrees with your Nazi leanings.  Trump is finally allowing his true feelings to come to the forefront with his embracing of White Supremacy groups!

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Wow!!  Driving a school bus and earning a paycheck must not be a valued job.  Appparently if he had went on government assistance he would be more worthy of life in your eyes.  Calling him a Nazi is beyond over the top.  Read some WWII history before you throw that label around cause apparently you have not a clue what the word Nazi REALLY means. 

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Re: Bernie

To the contrary, the whole Nazi movement was predicated on Good People buying in.

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Re: Bernie

No, an example of a Nazi is one who trained Dobermans to castrate people of Jewish faith, political dissenters(Poles, Russians, French, etc).

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@northnd wrote:

No, an example of a Nazi is one who trained Dobermans to castrate people of Jewish faith, political dissenters(Poles, Russians, French, etc).


Definition of a Nazi

 

 

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/nazinoun, plural Nazis.

1.
a member of the National Socialist German Workers' Party, which controlled Germany from 1933 to 1945 under Adolf Hitler and advocated totalitarian government, territorial expansion, anti-Semitism, and Aryan supremacy, all these leading directly to World War II and the Holocaust.
2.
(often lowercase) a person elsewhere who holds similar views.
3.
(often lowercase) Sometimes Offensive. a person who is fanatically dedicated to or seeks to regulate a specified activity, practice, etc.:
a jazz nazi who disdains other forms of music; health nazis trying to ban junk food.