Public’s “right to know…”
Judicial Watch called on a federal court on Friday to make former Clinton State Department IT specialist Bryan Pagliano’s immunity agreements public. The Obama Justice Department opposes the move.
The government watchdog group further requested the court deny Pagliano’s legal team’s efforts to avoid videoing his deposition.
Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the State Department, which forced the release of Hillary Clinton’s emails. In its opposition motion on Friday, Judicial Watch stated:
Mr. Pagliano’s request to file his immunity agreements ex parte (separate without revealing to Judicial Watch) and under seal is unfounded. First, the Court ordered Mr. Pagliano to file a memorandum, along with a copy of his reported immunity agreements.
The Court did not order the immunity agreements to be filed ex parte or under seal and could have done so … as this Court has repeatedly emphasized, this case is about the public’s “right to know details related to the creation, purpose, and use of the clintonemail.com system.”
“The Obama administration today filed a ‘Statement of Interest‘ supporting continued secrecy of the Pagliano immunity agreements. The government’s brief states that “releasing Mr. Pagliano’s agreements with the United States could prematurely reveal the scope and focus of the pending investigation,” according to a Judicial Watch press release.
The FBI is currently investigating Clinton’s use of a private, unsecured email server while secretary of state.
“Simply put, we need to see Pagliano’s immunity agreements so our attorneys are able to prepare his questions – especially if he’s going to assert his Fifth Amendment privilege,” said Judicial Watch president, Tom Fitton. “We have faced astonishing roadblocks to getting simple questions answered about the Clinton email system.”
“Previously, [U.S. District Court] Judge [Emmet] Sullivan issued a court order requiring Pagliano to produce any reported immunity agreement and identify the legal basis for the Fifth Amendment claim he plans to assert in Judicial Watch’s discovery into the Clinton email system. The order delayed Pagliano’s deposition, which had been scheduled for Monday, June 6,” according to Judicial Watch.