Criminal Justice

Justice Department reportedly grants immunity to staffer who set up Clinton's email server

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The U.S. Justice Department has reportedly granted immunity to a former State Department staffer who set up Hillary Clinton’s private email server at her home.

The government granted immunity to former staffer Bryan Pagliano as part of a criminal investigation into possible mishandling of classified information, the Washington Post reports. The story is based on information from an unnamed senior law enforcement official.

A federal law enforcement official told the New York Times that the FBI probe could end by early May.

According to the Times, it is a federal crime to knowingly mishandle classified information outside secure government channels, or to permit the mishandling through “gross negligence.” The story says Clinton “has correctly pointed out that none of the emails on her server were marked as classified at the time.”

A spokesman for the Clinton campaign issued this statement to the Washington Post and the New York Times: “As we have said since last summer, Secretary Clinton has been cooperating with the Department of Justice’s security inquiry, including offering in August to meet with them to assist their efforts if needed.”

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