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Former Clinton Aide at State Took the Fifth More than 90 Times

Monday, October 24, 2016 14:35
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It’s incredible. Watergate is unfolding before our eyes, but we are about to elect Richard Nixon president anyway.

Yet another a person who performed services for Ms. Hillary Clinton is taking the Fifth.

The man who was Clinton’s chief personal IT officer at the State Department took the Fifth in response to more than 90 questions Monday during a deposition in a Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, the organization said today.

John Bentel, the State Department’s former Director of Information Resource Management of the Executive Secretariat, invoked his Fifth Amendment rights not to answer questions on grounds he might incriminate himself after being ordered to testify due to suspicion he lied in his sworn testimony before the House Benghazi Committee. His office handled information technology matters for the Secretary of State.

Bentel, who was accompanied at the deposition by three government attorneys and two personal lawyers, refused to answer any questions about whether Hillary Clinton was paying his legal fees, offered him employment, or provided other financial incentives, according to Judicial Watch. Bentel told the Benghazi panel he was not aware while at State that Clinton’s emails were stored on a private email server, but emails emerged suggesting he did and that he ordered a staffer who had raised concerns not to discuss Clinton’s personal email system.

Bentel, in taking the Fifth, joins two others who refused to answer questions about issues related to their work at the firm that erased Clinton’s emails, as well as Bryan Pagliano, who took the Fifth when questioned about his administration of Clinton’s private email server. Pagliano invoked the Fifth more than 125 times.

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