Bryan Pagliano gave his deposition today in a lawsuit brought by Judicial Watch. Fox News’ Catherine Herridge reports he repeated the same statement invoking his Fifth Amendment rights more than 125 times:
Hillary Clinton IT specialist Bryan Pagliano invoked the Fifth more than 125 times during a 90-minute, closed-door deposition Wednesday with the conservative watchdog Judicial Watch, a source with the group told Fox News.
The official said Pagliano was working off an index card and read the same crafted statement each time.
“It was a sad day for government transparency,” the Judicial Watch official said, adding they asked all their questions and Pagliano invoked the Fifth Amendment right not to answer them.
Judicial Watch filed the suit claiming the State Department had not been responsive to FOIA requests for Clinton’s emails while she was Secretary of State. A judge granted the group the right to depose witnesses in the case, including Clinton’s top aides Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin. Mills has already been deposed in the case and claimed she knew nothing about the details of Clinton’s email server until after the Secretary left office. Conveniently, Mills once again began working as Clinton’s private attorney at that point which means Mills does not have to divulge anything she discussed with Clinton after that point.
Earlier this month a judge delayed Pagliano’s deposition in order to learn more about the cooperation deal he had reached with the FBI. At the FBI’s request, the judge agreed to keep the details sealed. The FBI has been investigating Clinton’s private server since last year after a referral from the Inspectors General for the State Department and the Intelligence Community warned that classified information may have been mishandled.