Takin’ the Fifth is a Democrat Tradition


WaPo joins the VRWC:

Staffer who worked on Clinton’s private e-mail server faces subpoena

A former State Department staffer who worked on Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private e-mail server tried this week to fend off a subpoena to testify before Congress, saying he would assert his constitutional right not to answer questions to avoid incriminating himself.

The move by Bryan Pagliano, who had worked on Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign before setting up the server in her New York home in 2009, came in a Monday letter from his lawyer to the House panel investigating the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.


“While we understand that Mr. Pagliano’s response to this subpoena may be controversial in the current political environment, we hope that the members of the Select Committee will respect our client’s right to invoke the protections of the Constitution,” his attorney, Mark MacDougall, wrote.

The committee’s ranking Democrat, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), complained yesterday that Gowdy unilaterally issued the subpoena. He said the subpoena of a low-level aide is one of several signs that Gowdy is using the committee for the political purpose of trying to smear a Democratic presidential candidate.

“Although multiple legal experts agree there is no evidence of criminal activity, it is certainly understandable that this witness’s attorneys advised him to assert his Fifth Amendment rights, especially given the onslaught of wild and unsubstantiated accusations by Republican presidential candidates, members of Congress and others based on false leaks about the investigation,” Cummings said. “Their insatiable desire to derail Secretary Clinton’s presidential campaign at all costs has real consequences for any serious congressional effort.”

If there is no evidence of criminal activity then why is the Feeb investigating?

Here’s the funniest part:

A Clinton campaign aide said in a statement to NBC News Wednesday the candidate has encouraged aides to answer any questions.

“We have been confident from the beginning that Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email was allowed and that she did not send or receive anything marked classified, facts confirmed by the State Department and the Inspector General,” the statement said. “She has made every effort to answer questions and be as helpful as possible, and has encouraged her aides, current and former, to do the same, including Bryan Pagliano.”


Pagliano was IT director for Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign before serving as special advisor to the Department of State under Clinton from May 2009 through February 2013, according to his LinkedIn page.

“Bryan is an utter professional and a wonderful young man who does not live in the public eye and understandably may not wish to be drawn into a political spectacle,” the Clinton campaign aide went on.

“So his decision is both understandable and yet also disappointing to us, because we believe he has every reason to be transparent about his IT assistance,” the aide said.

He dindu nuffin but he is invoking his right against self-incrimination because those big ole Republican meanies are poo-poo heads. Not a smidgen of corruption.

Just like Lois Lerner.


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123 Responses to Takin’ the Fifth is a Democrat Tradition

  1. Myiq2xu says:

    UPDATE: Lily is now walking.

  2. Myiq2xu says:
  3. Dora says:

    Surprise: Top Clinton advisers contemptuous of Netanyahu

    A review of Hillary Clinton’s emails shows that three of her top advisers – Martin Indyk, Sandy Berger and Sidney Blumenthal – have contempt bordering on the pathological for Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.


  4. Dora says:

    I’m not familiar with this Radar site, but I found the link on Drudge.

    Exposed! Libya Security Briefs, Algeria Hostage Info & More ­ Hacker Threatens To Sell Hillary Clinton’s ENTIRE UNRELEASED Private Emails For $500K


  5. DeniseVB says:

  6. Myiq2xu says:
  7. Gram Krakka says:

    Kids say the darndest things! Upon seeing pictures of Hillary in the orange pants suit, my 10 year old granddaughter exclaimed, “Why is Hillary wearing a prison jumpsuit?”. I laughed so hard I almost had to change my pants.

    Give low hanging fruit like Bryan P immunity, so he can be compelled to testify.

  8. votermom says:

    I thought this an interesting bit of history

    Btw I blogrolled Cut.Jib.Newsletter. It’s a new blog started by some AceOfSpades HQ commenters.

  9. helenk3 says:


    remember these 8 republican names. they sided with the dems on the Iran deal

    • lyn says:

      A 20-year-old black man was arrested for Threats of Mass Violence when he tweeted that all white people were going to be killed in La Plata, MD.

  10. Dora says:

    EXCLUSIVE: Trump will sign GOP loyalty pledge

    The Donald made the stunning decision to avoid complications in getting listed on primary ballots.


  11. insanelysane says:

    Colin Powell and Condi Rice both used private email server while SOS. Why the ruckus over Clinton’s use?

    • leslie says:

      But did they use it for national SOS business or for personal use?
      Asking because I don’t have the answer.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Hillary used her private server for official business, Powell and Rice did not. And they were pretty much investigated deeply after 9-11 as SoS and NSA at the time for signs leading up to such an event. Like they’re trying to do during the almost 3 year old Benghazi investigation. If there’s nothing to hide, why not just turn it over ?


      Also, Sarah was FOIA’d her official AK gov server’s emails and she turned them ALL over immediately. Not only did she not abuse her officialdom, the AP thought she was a darn good governor.

    • Myiq2xu says:

      “Everybody does it” is not a defense. If you don’t believe me try using it the next time you get a speeding ticket.

      I can remember when Democrats thought it was scandalous that people in the Bush administration were using RNC emails. I was one of those Democrats.

      • insanelysane says:

        I didn’t bring it up as a defense since I am not any longer a supporter, but instead asking why it is now a such a big fricking deal. It’s not new to just her. I never remember any fuss about the 2 previous SOSs doing exactly what Hill is doing. It seems to become a major SCANDAL when Hillary does it. It all seems overwrought.

  12. DeniseVB says:

    Not really a BOOM, more like a tiny bell tinkle …..

    • leslie says:

      At least it was something. He could’ve ignored the tweet and angry emails and/or denied anything untoward had occurred as many others do.

      • swanspirit says:

        Yes, but his mistake is in thinking she might cares more about journalism, her career, or country, than Obama. She cares about as much as Donna Brazile does about “fairness” with DNC party rules. The Obama cultists mantra: Whatever Obama wants does or thinks ; we worship the water he walks on.

        • leslie says:

          I agree completely. I read a comment at one of the links that referred to bronco as “Our Dear Commander” and I kept thinking “it must be a troll or crank.” But it may not have been. Some of the clients I worked with wanted him to be presiedent for life. When I reminded them it meant he would be a dictator, they said “So?”

  13. Myiq2xu says:
    • Kathy says:

      It is huge because I can see it visualize it now on a Republican commercial.

      • insanelysane says:

        So…it’s huge because it can be a political ploy?
        This is a huge nothing burger.
        All I’ve heard so far is : “This could turn up to be something”
        And : “It is possible there are hundreds of email problems.”
        Could? Possible?
        But so far, there is NOTHING.
        Well, except for a whole hell of a lot of speculation and innuendo. A lot like Whitewater.

  14. helenk3 says:


    funny how black lives matter makes the news and gets dem backing, but these red white and blue people get nothing

  15. helenk3 says:


    what is wrong with this picture?
    people complain about US businesses hiring illegal aliens ,but when they ask for proof of work eligibility backtrack’s DOJ goes after them.

  16. Myiq2xu says:
  17. mothy67 says:

    I fucking love Walmart. I hate shopping but got s 55″ TV for 399. A smat tv was 899. Why? Spend 500 for Netflix. I got the Amazon Fire Stick for 34 does the same thing. I also got a wireless printer for 49. Ink alone costs 25. Walmart is a magical place. I was afraid to go in. Now I want to move in. 3 pack of Fruit of the loom white T’s for 3.99. Heaven.

    • smile says:

      Wait till you discover their online shopping. Lots of things are free delivery and items are cheaper than Amazon. Online you can find items that can’t or aren’t stocked in the stores. Give it a try. 🙂

  18. helenk3 says:


    this is getting ridiculous . breathing is racist to these idiots. why bother to explain they won’t understand it anyway

    • leslie says:

      But the Nikki Minaj video and her (obscene) MVA performance were just dandy.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I thought it was a lovely video and reminded me of the original MTV format when videos told stories. It was obiviously a period piece of what making movies looked like back in the 40’s and 50’s in exotic settings. Let them whine, it’s just going to bring more attention to the vid and make more money for endangered African animals.

  19. helenk3 says:


    should we tell LaRaza that Jeb and Trump are running for president of the USA not Mexico?

  20. helenk3 says:


    now the backtrack bunch seem to want backtrack to have the Dr Mengle medal

  21. swanspirit says:


    Police in Pennsylvania are searching for a man suspected of assaulting a Schuylkill County police officer Wednesday and throwing her over an embankment, authorities said.

    West Penn Township police sergeant Melissa Ruch stopped to help a disabled or parked vehicle near a guard rail, WFMZ-TV reported. When she stepped out a man came around the car, assaulted her and threw her over the embankment.

    Ruch fell about 35 feet and airlifted her to a local-area hospital, according to WPVI-TV. Her injuries were not considered life-threatening.

    This shit has got to stop.

    • 49erDweet says:

      IMO every agency needs to pair up their officers. Not two to a car, but two cars to everything. Including routine patrol. Yes, that limits coverage and service. Tough. But the time spent NOT investigating assaults on officers that didn’t happen would be tremendous.

      • swanspirit says:

        I completely agree. Let the buddy system commence forthwith, and in great haste, and A fucking SAP

      • DeniseVB says:

        Or before you approach any vehicle, call for back up first. I like two to a car better.

        • leslie says:

          Or radio in the license plate and give description of the “disabled” car before exiting to make an in-person inquiry.

        • 49erDweet says:

          Two to a car is OK in big cities, but two cars rolling together give much better tactical options and make bad guys worry about the other car and how many cops are in IT, more.

      • Myiq2xu says:

        Wait until BLM discovers what scared, trigger-happy cops are like.

        • lyn says:

          Yep. I back the cops 100 percent now.

        • lyn says:

          It sounds like only 24 unarmed black men have been killed by police this year, so the popo got the message. However, the recent LEO assassinations may change that. “Kill them before they kill you” would be my motto if I were a police officer. I still shudder when I think of Deputy Goforth and the bastard who shot him 15 times. I’m sad for Goforth’s children and wife and hope they remember how he lived and not how he died.

          • 49erDweet says:

            Nope. Won’t happen. That’s gonna stay with them for decades.

          • leslie says:

            I wonder how the numbers of Blacks killed by Blacks stacks up with the 24 unarmed black men killed by police for the year.
            I know that in a 10 hour period yesterday, the 5 black men were killed in Chicago. NOT by cops I might add. I heard that this morning another 2 men were shot in the early hours in drive-by shootings in Bronzeville (an older near-South Side neighborhood now undergoing gentrification.) One man died.

          • leslie says:

            So: Chicago 2015 crime stats
            August / September – 2015
            Homicides: 51 / 12
            Shot and Killed: 47 / 12
            Shot and Wounded: 311 / 25
            Total Shot: 358 / 37

            Year to Date – Chicago crime stats:
            Homicides: 342
            Shot and Killed: 298
            Shot and wounded:1696
            Total Shot: 1994

          • leslie says:

            Race of Victim/Assailant in Chicago As of 8/31/15

            Race Victim Assailant
            Black 249 55
            Hispanic 60 16
            White/Other 11 7
            Police 5
            Unknown 7

  22. mothy67 says:

    I keep forgetting to say this. I have mental illness when it comes to college. She is 9and I obsess. One thing we do is volunteer at animal shelter. We walk a few puppies around the block. Clean up some pooh. I get to go to everything. I get sick invites. HOckey play off box seats because Iwalked a dog. Steelers tickets. Pittsburgh is a small big city. It takes so little. to stand out

  23. SHV says:

    From Helen above; “SAT scores at lowest level in 10 years, fueling worries about high schools”
    Very misleading headline by the WaPo…(Shocking, I know”) I didn’t read the whole article but what I didn’t see mentioned was the previous renormalization of he SAT scores. The renormalization that is usually mentioned is from 1995 but I think the curves have been changed both before and after that time. IIRC, highest SAT score was in year 1962 and because of renormalization, at least 100+ point must be subtracted from today’s score to give same score attained in 1962, (my year of graduation, Yea)

  24. Dora says:

    Haiti Fraudster Had Line to Clinton at State Department

    Clinton donor defaulted on $10 million federal loan


  25. DeniseVB says:

    I just learned that Kentucky Clerk, Kim Davis, is an elected Democratic Official. So why isn’t there cakey-pizza-chicken hatey hate ?


    Must be a conundrum for the left, especially that their taxes are still paying her 80k/yr salary too.

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