— A Department of Justice decision to grant immunity to Hillary Clinton’s top IT aide indicates officials are “considering potential criminal charges” against the former secretary of state or her aides, according to a source familiar with the investigation.
The immunity was reportedly given to Bryan Pagliano, Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign IT director, who followed her to the State Department in 2009. He received a politically-appointed position from which he managed the unsecured private home-brew email server Clinton used throughout her tenure as the nation’s chief diplomat instead of secured government computer channels.
“Giving him immunity” indicates “they are considering potential criminal charges against people higher up in the chain,” said the source who requested anonymity because he is not authorized to discuss the investigation with reporters.
More than 2,000 emails containing classified information was sent to and from Clinton via the unsecured server that IT experts believe was almost certainly compromised by hackers working for foreign powers like Russia and China.