Though Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign steams onward, Clinton likely has some sleepless nights ahead as a former aide, IT specialist Bryan Pagliano, is testifying about Clinton’s knowledge of her abuse of a private email server from which she transmitted thousands of classified and top-secret documents during her short tenure as Secretary of State.
According to an intelligence official close to the investigation, Pagliano’s testimony is incredibly damaging and Pagliano, according to the source, is a “devastating witness” for Clinton.
The FBI’s investigation has expanded beyond her role in the transmission of classified and top-secret documents to include an investigation into allegations that she used her position as the Secretary of State to sell influence and access to foreign interests to benefit her foundation.
The intelligence source claims that Pagliano, who has been granted immunity for his testimony, has unloaded all the dirty details concerning Clinton’s email arrangement meant to obscure her dealings from State Department eyes.
Pagliano has reportedly told the FBI exactly who had access to the email account and when, allowing for investigators to piece-together a solid pattern of evidence to prove or disprove Clinton’s earlier assertions.
The source, who was disallowed from speaking on the record during the ongoing investigation, explained,
“Don’t forget all those photos with her using various devices and it is easy to track the whereabouts of her phone,” the source said. “It is still boils down to a paper case. Did you email at this time from your home or elsewhere using this device? And here is a picture of you and your aides holding the devices.”
“Bryan Pagliano is a devastating witness and, as the webmaster, knows exactly who had access to [Clinton’s] computer and devices at specific times. His importance to this case cannot be over-emphasized,” the intelligence source said.
Clinton, after offering a variety of excuses, has finally settled on a narrative that asserts that she did not send any emails with documents that were classified at the time she sent them.
Still, her use of a private, unsecured email server separate from her State Department email account begs the question, “Why was she sending any State Department documents at all over a private, unsecured server?”
A better question: what was she trying to hide?
Further, even if Clinton had not transmitted documents explicitly branded as “classified,” her 2009 classified non-disclosure agreement dictates that classified documents can be marked or unmarked and include verbal communications as well.
On Wednesday, during the Democratic debate, Clinton scoffed at the notion that she could be held legally accountable for her actions.
Univision’s Jorge Ramos asked, “If you get indicted, will you drop out?” Clinton replied, “My goodness. That is not going to happen. I’m not even answering that question.”
Pagliano’s testimony may be the most-damaging bit of evidence to emerge as the legal noose tightens around Hillary. Investigators know that Clinton conducted business on an unsecured server. They know that from this server, classified and highly top-secret documents were transmitted routinely. They know that Clinton knew that such transmissions were prohibited and that the documents needed not be labeled “classified” to prohibit her from sending them.
The only thing left to pin-down in this investigation is who had access to this account and when. With Pagliano’s testimony, investigators are likely one huge leap closer to wrapping-up the investigation and, hopefully, clamping the cuffs on Mrs. Clinton.