Hillary was paying State Department employee (who's now taking the Fifth) separately to run her server

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Published by: Dan Calabrese on Monday September 07th, 2015

Oh, and she wasn't really thinking much about it.

This just keeps getting better all the time. First Hillary tells Andrea Mitchell that, hey, you know, she didn't really think that much about her e-mail setup. There were too many things to do around the world. Now think about that one: If you're not really giving it much thought, then what do you do when they tell you, oh, hey, here's your state.gov e-mail address? You say, OK, thanks for the e-mail address. What you absolutely do not do if you're not thinking much about it is pay $5,000 of your own money to have your own separate setup, even though it means you're shelling out for a guy who's doing it anyway at taxpayer expense and would have been handling yours if only you'd used the government account you were supposed to use.

And that's exactly what Hillary did, in an arrangement whose legality is so questionable that the IT guy she was sharing with the State Department (unbeknownst to the State Department, mind you) is now taking the Fifth rather than answer questions about it:

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.

The private pay arrangement has not previously been reported. The State Department has declined to answer questions about whether the private system was widely known within the agency or officially approved.

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 was apparently part of a club with Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin that was leading a pretty privileged life - getting a taxpayer-paid salary from the State Department while also getting money under the table from ClintonWorld. Hillary justifies the latter as saving the taxpayers money, but that makes no sense on multiple levels.

First, if you didn't want the taxpayers to pay for your private e-mail server, don't have one. That would have been simple enough if you weren't paranoid about your e-mails being subject to subpoenas and FOIA requests. But OK, we all know that train left the station long ago, so let's deal with the arrangement itself. Since Hillary used the private server exclusively for all her work e-mails, it would stand to reason that at least some IT issues requiring assistance would have come up during business hours. So when she called Pagliano to help her with her e-mails, did he say, "Oh, sorry Madame Secretary, I'm on government time right now"? What do you think? And since he surely did not say that, then what actually happened was that every time he helped her during normal business hours, the taxpayers were paying his salary to handle Hillary's IT issues.

Not that the State Department knew about it, because Pagliano didn't disclose the outside income to them. Oh sure, the head of the State Department knew about it, because she was the one paying him, and she should have been the one looking out for the department's best interests by making sure Pagliano filed the appropriate disclosures.

But when Hillary perceives that her personal interests conflict with those of anyone else, what does she do? Every single time. You know the answer.

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