Clinton paid State Department IT staffer out of her own pocket to maintain server
An official with the Clinton campaign told the Washington Post that Hillary did not use taxpayer funds to run and maintain her private server. Instead, she paid a close aide to do the job out of her own pocket.
The name of the aide who maintained the server - Bryan Pagliano - should be familiar. He's the same aide that has exercised his Fifth Amendment rights and has refused to answer questions.
The private employment of Pagliano provides a new example of the ways that Clinton — who occupied a unique role as a Cabinet secretary who was also a former and potentially future presidential candidate — hired staff to work simultaneously for her in public and private capacities.
Huma Abedin, a close confidant who served as deputy chief of staff, also spent time working for the State Department, the Clinton Foundation and Hillary Clinton personally.
Pagliano’s employment by the Clintons was confirmed by a campaign official in response to questions from The Washington Post. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter. A campaign spokesman declined to provide a statement.
Pagliano had served as the IT director of Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign and then worked for her political action committee.
The Clintons paid Pagliano $5,000 for “computer services” prior to his joining the State Department, according to a financial disclosure form he filed in April 2009.
But even after arriving at State in May 2009, Pagliano continued to be paid by the Clintons to maintain the server, which was in their Chappaqua, N.Y., home, according to the campaign official and another person familiar with the arrangement. That person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the matter is under investigation.
It could very well be that Pagliano took the 5th because he was being paid under the table:
Asked in early August about whether Pagliano had been paid privately to maintain the server, a State Department official said that the agency had “found no evidence that he ever informed the department that he had outside income.”
This week, a different State Department official said he could not clarify Pagliano’s pay situation, citing “ongoing reviews and investigations” of Clinton’s e-mail setup.
Pagliano did not list the outside income in the required personal financial disclosures he filed each year. The State Department has said Pagliano concluded his full-time service in February 2013, which coincides with Clinton’s departure as secretary. He remains a State Department contractor doing work on “mobile and remote computing functions,” according to a State Department spokesman.
Filing a false financial disclosure form is a felony. Also, as Editor Lifson points out. Pagliano did not have clearance to access classified information. That's also a felony - and Hillary granting him access is also against the law.
Senator Grassley is looking into Huma Abedin's "unique" employment arrangement, which may constitute another violation of the law. With all these investigations - some of them which may become criminal inquiries very shortly - it seems impossible that Hillary Clinton can survive to mount an effective run for president.
But legal trouble rarely stops the Clintons, so perhaps - for the moment - she shouldn't be counted out.