By: Savannah Smith | 10-26-2016 | News
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Hillary’s former IT officer takes the 5th

Emulating Hillary, a former staff refused to answer questions about the email server scandal to hide Hillary's criminal liability

Following Hillary Clinton's non-cooperation and apparent lack of transparency and accountability in facing issues surrounding the controversies and legal liability of using a private email server for classified information, another former state department official connected with the matter has refused to answer questions on the case.

John Bentel, the top information technology officer of the state department when Hillary was at the helm decided not to answer more than 90 questions given to him during the deposition in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the state department on the Hillary email case.

Bentel invoked the Fifth Amendment in refusing to answer questions on the email server. Another former staff who worked on the set-up of Hillary's server, Bryan Pagliano, also earlier declined to answer questions, similarly invoking his right against self-incrimination. Then there's also Cheryl Mills, chief of staff and lawyer of Hillary, who invoked the lawyer-client privilege to avoid answering questions as well.

The biggest evader, of course, is Hillary Clinton herself. A judge has ordered that she answer written questions from the Judicial Watch. Hillary did not give substantial or enlightening answers, hiding behind legal tactics as her favorite answer " I do not recall" and other creative variations of the same for more than 20 answers.

It was already to Hillary's favor that she was not required by the judge to testify, but only to answer in writing the questions forwarded by the Judicial Watch. Yet just like in other platforms and investigations, Hillary has refused to cooperate and be transparent.

Judicial Watch has expressed their group's frustrations and disappointment for the lack of cooperation, transparency and accountability of Hillary, her staff and former staff of the state department connected to the email server case.

"The fact that yet another state department official took the Fifth highlights the disturbing implication that criminal acts took place related to the Clinton email.", said Judicial Watch's president Tom Fitton.

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