The stonewalling continues.
Lawyers for Bryan Pagliano, the State Department staffer who set up the private server at the center of Hillary Clinton’s email scandal, have said that their client will not answer questions at his June 6 deposition in a civil public records lawsuit in Washington. Instead, Pagliano will invoke his 5th Amendment rights under the constitution.
“Mr. Pagliano will invoke his right under the Fifth Amendment and decline to testify at the deposition noticed for June 6, 2016,” said Pagliano’s lawyers, Mark MacDougall and Connor Mullin in a filing.
The fifth amendment to the constitution protects U.S. citizens against self-incrimination.
The lawyers also added that Judicial Watch, who is deposing Pagliano, should not be allowed to record their client invoking his 5th Amendment right.“Given the constitutional implications, the absence of any proper purpose for video recording the deposition, and the considerable risk of abuse, the Court should preclude Judicial Watch, Inc. (“Judicial Watch”) from creating an audiovisual recording of Mr. Pagliano’s deposition.”
Pagliano is a long-time Clinton loyalist, having worked on the Hillary’s presidential campaign in 2008, and setting up her private email server at her home in Chappaqua when the former New York Senator was appointed as Secretary of State in 2009.
This is the second time Pagliano has invoked his 5th amendment rights when asked to testify in matters concerning Clinton. In a bizarre twist of logic, Pagliano’s lawyers argue that his refusal to cooperate with the investigation is actually evidence that their client is innocent of any wrongdoing.
The Washington Post reports:
Pagliano last summer similarly declined to appear before a House panel investigating the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. In refusing to appear then, Magliano’s lawyers cited an ongoing FBI inquiry into the security of Clinton’s email system, and quoted a Supreme Court ruling described the Fifth Amendment as protecting “innocent men . . . ‘who otherwise might be ensnared by ambiguous circumstances.'”
Of course, Pagliano’s lawyers are trying to suggest nothing should be inferred from their client’s refusal to cooperate.
Judicial Watch, who subpoenaed Pagliano as part of an ongoing Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed against the State Department, has already taken depositions from other high-level Clinton staffers including Cheryl Mills.