Lawyers for Clinton Aide Repeatedly Blocked Questions on Role of IT Specialist Who Set Up Server

Leah Barkoukis
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Posted: Jun 01, 2016 8:30 AM
Lawyers for Clinton Aide Repeatedly Blocked Questions on Role of IT Specialist Who Set Up Server

Questions about the role IT specialist Bryan Pagliano played in setting up Hillary Clinton’s private email server were off limits during a roughly four-hour deposition last week.

According to a transcript of the deposition watchdog group Judicial Watch released on Tuesday, [Cheryl] Mills attorney Beth Wilkinson – as well as Obama administration lawyers – objected to the line of questioning about Pagliano, who has emerged as a central figure in the FBI's ongoing criminal probe of Clinton's email practices. 

“I'm going to instruct her not to answer. It's a legal question,” Wilkinson said when Judicial Watch asked if Pagliano was an “agent of the Clintons” when he set up the server.

This was a pattern repeated throughout the deposition by the seven lawyers for Mills -- including four attorneys representing the State and Justice departments, as well as her personal representatives.

Asked direct questions about when Mills spoke with Pagliano, Mills' lawyer also objected. 

In other exchanges relating to the server's set-up, Mills said she did not know how to answer either.

The Justice Department granted Pagliano immunity amid the FBI probe.