Following a ruling by U.S District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan, who said Hillary Clinton could be deposed in the ongoing Freedom of Information Act case, the investigation has stepped up.
According to ABC News, the investigation has revealed the State Department has been unsuccessful in locating emails to Clinton from Bryan Pagliano, although it would have been required that he release the communications prior to leaving his position as senior IT staff member to Clinton, when she was secretary of state.
The case against Clinton was brought by Judicial Watch and calls into question her handling of classified emails she received and sent using a private and unsecured email server.
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Should Judicial Watch believe that Clinton’s testimony is necessary, Judge Sullivan said, it will request permission from the court “at the appropriate time.”
Elizabeth Trudeau, spokesperson for the State Department said, “The department has searched for Mr. Pagliano’s email pst (storage) file and has not located one that covers the time period of Secretary Clinton’s tenure.
“To be clear, the department does have records related to Mr. Pagliano and we are working with Congress and (Freedom of Information Act) requesters to provide relevant material. The department has located a pst from Mr. Pagliano’s recent work at the department as a contractor, but the files are from after Secretary Clinton left the Department.”
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According to ABC, Pagliano was responsible for setting up the private email server Clinton used in the basement of her home in New York. Pagliano was granted immunity when he became a witness for the FBI in the investigation.
When Clinton was appointed to the position of secretary of state, she was required to agree to maintain security on information crucial to the safety of the United States. If she mishandled this information, she could face criminal charges.
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