Thursday, March 3, 2016

Former U.S. Attorney for Arizona Paul Charlton Helps Explain Grant of Immunity In Clinton Server Investigation

Paul Charlton, the former U.S. Attorney for Arizona, today helped explain the significance of the news that the Department of Justice has granted immunity to Brian Pagliano in the investigation of Hillary Clinton's email server setup.  He told that the grant was likely brought before a U.S. District Court judge as a part of a Grand Jury impanelment.

Charlton, now a private attorney in Phoenix, served as U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona between 2001-07.

Here is his full quote: “If it is a process that is usually used that means a Grand Jury has been impaneled, and federal prosecutors sought testimony of the witness (Pagliano) who invoked his Fifth Amendment rights. The next step in that process is that the prosecutors ask U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch to grant immunity, and then they take that request to a district judge."

The article stitches together quotes from several attorneys on different aspects of the process.  Arizona's Politics has requested a more complete analysis from Charlton.

Clinton's Presidential campaign has been dogged by the lingering questions about the propriety and legality of her maintaining a private email server while she was the Secretary of State. The questions had died down after GOP Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy had boasted about how the Congressional investigations had placed a drag on her campaign. The grant of immunity brings the issue back to the forefront just as Clinton cemented her front-runner status on Super Tuesday.

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