- September 23, 2016 -

​STATEMENT ON ADDITIONAL IMMUNITY DEALS IN CLINTON EMAIL SCANDAL

Revelations That Cheryl Mills, Two Others Received Immunity Deals From Obama’s DOJ In Clinton Email Scandal Brings Total Number To Five


“Revelations that three additional individuals, including Cheryl Mills, were granted immunity from prosecution in Hillary Clinton’s email scandal shows this was without a doubt a criminal scheme. At its heart, Clinton’s secret server was an end run around government transparency laws designed to hide corruption between the Clinton Foundation and her State Department, an arrangement which ultimately put our national security and sensitive diplomatic efforts at risk. No one with judgment this bad should be allowed to serve as President of the United States or hold any public office. What has become abundantly clear is that the Obama Administration is protecting Hillary Clinton from accountability at all costs because she will keep the rigged system in Washington in place. In light of this development, Hillary Clinton must immediately come forward and promise the American people that none of these individuals will ever serve in any capacity in her administration.” – Jason Miller, Senior Communications Advisor


Today It Was Reported Clinton Aide Cheryl Mills And Two Other Clinton State Department Aides Were Given Immunity Deal In FBI Investigation Into Clinton Email Server. “A congressman says Hillary Clinton's former chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, and two other staff members were granted immunity deals in exchange for their cooperation in the now-closed FBI investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server as secretary of state. … Chaffetz says the two others granted immunity were John Bentel, then-director of the State Department's Office of Information Resources Management, and Clinton aide Heather Samuelson. Two other people were previously identified as receiving immunity deals.” (Michael Biesecker, “GOP Lawmaker: FBI Gave Immunity For Clinton Aide’s Testimony,” The Associated Press, 9/23/16)

At Least Two Other People Were Given Immunity By The Justice Department In Their Investigation Into Clinton’s Emails: Computer Specialist Paul Combretta And Clinton Staffer Brian Pagliano. “A computer specialist who deleted Hillary Clinton’s emails despite orders from Congress to preserve them was given immunity by the Justice Department during its investigation into her personal email account, according to a law enforcement official and others briefed on the investigation. Republicans have called for the department to investigate the deletions, but the immunity deal with the specialist, Paul Combetta, makes it unlikely that the request will go far. … Mr. Combetta is one of at least two people who were given immunity by the Justice Department as part of the investigation. The other was Bryan Pagliano, a former campaign staff member for Mrs. Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, who was granted immunity in exchange for answering questions about how he set up a server in Mrs. Clinton’s home in Chappaqua, N.Y., around the time she became secretary of state in 2009.” (Adam Goldman And Michael S. Schmidt, “Justice Dept. Granted Immunity To Specialist Who Deleted Hillary Clinton’s Emails,” The New York Times, 9/8/16)