MEDIA REPORTS INDICATE THAT HRC MADE “PERSONAL PAYMENTS” TO HER STATE DEPARTMENT I-T AIDE, BRYAN PAGLIANO, FOR HIM TO MAINTAIN HER “PERSONAL SERVER” FOR HER “PERSONAL E-MAILS” — ALL WHILE SHE WAS SECRETARY OF STATE — SOON THIS WHOLE THING MIGHT BE GETTING REALLY “PERSONAL” FOR HILLARY CLINTON
CONTROVERSIAL DUAL-EMPLOYMENT SITUATION IS QUICKLY ACKNOWLEDGED BY HILLARY CLINTON AND HER CAMPAIGN — HILLARY SAYS SHE THINKS IT'S "IN THE PUBLIC RECORD"
DUAL PAYMENT SCHEME INVESTIGATED JUST LIKE ANOTHER HILLARY CLINTON AIDE, HUMA ABEDIN
According to a report in the Washington Post, “Hillary Rodham Clinton and her family personally paid a State Department staffer to maintain the private e-mail server she used while heading the agency, according to an official from Clinton’s presidential campaign.... The unusual arrangement helped Clinton retain personal control over the system that she used for her public and private duties and that has emerged as an issue for her campaign. But, according to the campaign official, it also ensured that taxpayer dollars were not spent on a private server that was shared by Clinton, her husband and their daughter as well as aides to the former president....” ( See “Clintons personally paid State Department staffer to maintain server ” by Rosalind S. Helderman and Carol D. Leonnig, 9/5/15, The Washington Post [http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/clintons-personally-paid-state-department-staffer-to-maintain-server/2015/09/04/b13ab23e-530c-11e5-9812-92d5948a40f8_story.html]).
The WaPo article went on to note that — “The private employment of Pagliano provides a new example of the ways that Clinton — who occupied a unique role as a Cabinet secretary who was also a former and potentially future presidential candidate — hired staff to work simultaneously for her in public and private capacities....” And that — “.... Cheryl Mills, Clinton’s chief of staff, and Huma Abedin, a close confidant who served as deputy chief of staff, both spent time working for the State Department, the Clinton Foundation or the Clintons personally....”
THE DUAL EMPLOYMENT ARRANGEMENT FOR PAGLIANOThe Washington Post says, “.... 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 DUAL EMPLOYMENT ARRANGEMENT APPARENTLY PRESENTS A NEW DISCLOSURE PROBLEM FOR BOTH PAGLIANO AND HILLARY CLINTONThe private pay arrangement between the Clinton’s and Bryan Pagliano had not previously been reported according to the report in the Washington Post.
Here’s what the Washington Post said about the disclosure of any dual employment arrangements between Paliano and the Clinton’s: “.... 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 did not list the outside income in the required personal financial disclosures he filed each year. The State Department has said Pagliano concluded his full-time service in February 2013, which coincides with Clinton’s departure as secretary. He remains a State Department contractor doing work on “mobile and remote computing functions,” according to a State Department spokesman....”
The WaPo also quoted a campaign official as saying the arrangement with Pagliano ensured that taxpayer dollars were not spent on a private server that was also used by Clinton's family and aides to former President Bill Clinton.
DUAL EMPLOYMENT SITUATION FOR BRYAN PAGLIANO IS LIKELY TO BE AS CONTROVERSIAL AS THAT OF HUMA ABEDIN — PAGLIANO’S EMPLOYMENT SITUATION IS ALSO BEING INVESTIGATED BY THE SAME COMMITTEE AS THE ONE LOOKING AT HUMA’S EMPLOYMENTThe disclosure of simultaneous “personal” payments to Bryan Pagliano wile he was employed by the U.S. government is likely to cause additional problems for Pagliano and Hillary Clinton. Similar employment circumstances involving another Hillary Clinton aide, Huma Abedin, have been quite controversial — even prompting a Senate inquiry by Judiciary Chairman Charles Grassley.
Pagliano’s circumstances might prove to be even more problematic, inasmuch as there has been no indication to date that either Bryan Pagliano or Secretary of State Clinton disclosed his dual employment, or a mixed government employee-private contractor status — or that any such “special employment” status was ever applied for.
According to Rosalind S. Helderman’s and Carol D. Leonnig’s WaPo report, “.... A spokeswoman for the Senate Judiciary Committee, which was inquiring about Pagliano’s outside employment, said that Pagliano’s lawyer informed the committee that his client would invoke his Fifth Amendment rights.... Lawmakers interested in hearing Pagliano’s account of the server’s setup and security protocols are considering whether to offer him immunity in exchange for his testimony. If they take the step, Pagliano would be compelled to appear....”
LATER REPORT CONFIRMS PRIVATE PAYMENTS TO PAGLIANO FOR WORK ON HILLARY CLINTON’S PRIVATE SERVER — HRC AND CAMPAIGN SPOKEMAN ARE BOTH QUOTED ADMITTING TO THE PRIVATE PAYMENTS TO HER STATE DEPARTMENT I-T AIDEAccording to Newsmax, “Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said on Saturday she and her family paid a State Department staffer with personal funds to maintain a private email server that she used for both personal and government matters while secretary of state.... After a campaign appearance in New Hampshire, Clinton told reporters the payments went to information technology specialist Bryan Pagliano, who this week declined to produce documents and testify before a U.S. House of Representatives committee about the server, invoking his constitutional right against self-incrimination.... ‘With respect to personal services that he provided to me and my family, we obviously paid for those services and did so because, during a period of time, we continued to need his technical assistance. And I think that's in the public record,’ Clinton said....” ( See “Clinton Says She Paid Staffer to Maintain Private Email Server” 8/5/15, Newsmax/ from Reuters [http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/clinton-paid-staffer-email/2015/09/05/id/673781/]).
Newsmax added this, perhaps for some clarification: “.... [Hillary Clinton] Campaign spokesman Nick Merrill said on Twitter: "Bryan was hired by the Clinton family as a consultant in order to help out periodically with the management of the system in Chappaqua that hosted the family's emails."