The man who set up Hillary Clinton’s homebrewed email server will refuse to answer questions and will assert his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination in a deposition next week.
“Mr. Pagliano will invoke his right under the Fifth Amendment . . . at the deposition noticed for June, 6, 2016,” Bryan Pagliano’s legal motion says.
Pagliano declined to answer questions from watchdog Judicial Watch during his Monday deposition.
In addition, Pagliano’s lawyers asked the judge to block video recording of his testimony.
“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,” they wrote. His lawyers also said taped testimony would “pose a serious danger to deponents invoking the Fifth Amendment.”
Judicial Watch plans to oppose the Pagliano legal team’s request.
“Judge Sullivan already put in place a mechanism that addresses these concerns,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in an interview. “There are always credibility issues that are raised by any assertion of the Fifth Amendment. This video, we believe will be helpful to Judge Sullivan in assessing the witness’ demeanor when asserting the Fifth Amendment and in response to other questions.”
Pagliano is a longtime Clinton operative who worked on her campaign in 2008 before setting up the homebrewed email server that would traffic all of Clinton’s email correspondence.
Clinton has denied any wrongdoing from setting up her own email system outside the security protocols of the State Department while she was secretary of State.