DOJ grants immunity to Hillary staffer who set up her e-mail server

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Published by: Dan Calabrese on Thursday March 03rd, 2016

Because they're after a bigger fish . . . gosh, who could it be?

Billy Martin is on my mind this afternoon. If you can think back to the days when the Yankees were really a soap opera, Billy decided one day that he'd had it with both Reggie Jackson and George Steinbrenner and declared the following: "One's a born liar. The other's convicted."

The born liar (according to Martin) was Jackson. Steinbrenner had been convicted of making illegal campaign contributions to Nixon. So . . . nice crowd for Billy Martin, who was not exactly an angel himself, to hang with.

Fast forward to the 2016 presidential election. A lot of you are convinced Donald Trump is a liar among other things, and because of this you consider him so unworthy of the presidency you just might have to hold your noses and vote for . . . er, better wait on that one. Because whether Trump is a liar or not, he's not convicted of anything. The same may not be true much longer of Hillary Clinton. Usually when the Justice Department grants immunity to your underling in their quest to get you, the result is not good for you.

And that is what they've now done in the investigation of Hillary's illegal homebrew e-mail server:

The Justice Department has granted immunity to a former State Department staffer, who worked on Hillary Clinton’s private email server, as part of a criminal investigation into the possible mishandling of classified information, according to a senior law enforcement official.

The official said the FBI had secured the cooperation of Bryan Pagliano, who worked on Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign before setting up the server in her New York home in 2009.

As the FBI looks to wrap up its investigation in the coming months, agents are likely to want to interview Clinton and her senior aides about the decision to use a private server, how it was set up, and whether any of the participants knew they were sending classified information in emails, current and former officials said.

Remember, Pagliano is the guy who took the Fifth when called to testify before Congress in September. You don't take the Fifth for any reason other than to avoid incriminating yourself (unless you're Martin Shkreli and you just want to troll the committee), and you don't need immunity unless you've broken the law. Also, the FBI doesn't ask Justice to give an immunity deal to someone they know they can bust, unless it's for the purpose of busting someone much higher up the food chain.

There's only one person that can possibly be, and it's the same person whose shrieking would drive us all to insanity if we had to spend the next four years listening to it.

It's been pretty clear for some time that the FBI is taking this investigation seriously. The question is whether Loretta Lynch will take it seriously or bow to political pressure not to indict the likely Democrat nominee. Here's why this is a very encouraging sign: The FBI can't grant an immunity deal all by itself. The DOJ has to sign off, and that means the attorney general could put the kibosh on it if she wanted to. If Lynch wanted to slow down the Hillary investigation, refusing immunity for Pagliano would have been the perfect opportunity for her to do so. Yet Pagliano got his deal.

For all the talk about how Trump will lose to Hillary, a brokered convention will make Hillary president . . . all that, let's not forget that it's kind of hard to become president when you're under felony indictment and you might end up in prison for 10 years, which is what Hillary's looking at under the criminal code she clearly violated.

And today, a conviction became much more likely.

Republicans, you fight amongst yourselves all you want over the nomination, but the Republican Party has ceased to be worth anything at all if we can't all agree on this one thing:

#NeverHillary

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