Bryan Pagliano, the former Clinton staffer now being questioned under an immunity agreement “has told the FBI a range of details about how her personal email system was set up, according to an intelligence source close to the case who called him a ‘devastating witness.’” Fox News didn’t say why he was a ‘devastating witness’, only that he is.
“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.
The source, who is not authorized to speak on the record due to the sensitivity of the ongoing investigation, said Pagliano has provided information allowing investigators to knit together the emails with other evidence, including images of Clinton on the road as secretary of state.
The cross-referencing of evidence could help investigators pinpoint potential gaps in the email record. “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.”
At a Democratic debate Wednesday evening, Clinton was asked by Univision’s Jorge Ramos, “If you get indicted, will you drop out?”
Clinton responded, “My goodness. That is not going to happen. I’m not even answering that question.”
But then she – again – said that nothing she sent or received was marked classified at the time.
The distinction is misleading. The January 2009 classified information non-disclosure agreement signed by Clinton says she understood that classified information could be marked and unmarked, as well as verbal communications.
Classification is based on content, not markings.
Reporters never ask her that question.
The FBI is “extremely focused” on the 22 “top secret” emails that are too damaging to be released according to intelligence sources. Her creation and control of the private server for official government business is also the subject of intense scrutiny.
Pagliano would know a lot about this but we will have to wait for the next leak.