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Hillary Clinton’s Super Tuesday celebrations may be cut short, as the relentless specter of her mishandled confidential emails have yet again cast their shadow over the former Secretary of State’s Presidential campaign.
State Department employee Bryan Pagliano, who was instrumental in building Clinton’s private email server back in 2009, has just struck a deal with the Justice Department to give them his complete cooperation in exchange for full immunity. Before this recent choice to cooperate with prosecutors, Pagliano had been invoking his Fifth Amendment rights to remain silent on the issue.
As Clinton continues to wrestle with the Bernie Sanders campaign for momentum in the primary election, officials in the FBI and at the Justice Department are reporting that they are trying to decide whether to accuse her of criminal activity.
“There was wrongdoing,” a former senior law enforcement official told the Washington Post. “But was it criminal wrongdoing?”
It is unlikely that Clinton will ever have to actually face serious consequences for her oversight, if the example of former CIA director David H. Petraeus is any indicator. Petraeus famously endangered United States national security by mishandling classified information, and prosecutors said that he was deserving of at least three felonies: conspiracy, violating the Espionage Act, and lying to the FBI.
He got off with a slap on the wrist — a misdemeanor charge that only required him to pay a $100,000 fine and put him on two years probation.
Regardless of whether Clinton will be criminally punished as a result of Pagliano’s cooperation, these old demons could very well haunt her in the upcoming primaries, as she is currently just barely holding back the Sanders campaign.
A spokesman for the Clinton campaign said they were “pleased” to learn of Pagliano’s involvement.