Cheryl Mills Got Immunity Deal In Hillary Clinton FBI Probe — REPORT
On Friday, the Associated Press reported that Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz said former Hillary Clinton aide Cheryl Mills was given immunity for her cooperation with the FBI in the agency's probe of the Democratic presidential candidate's private email server as secretary of state. Mills served as Clinton's chief of staff when she headed the State Department. Chaffetz also said John Bentel, who served as the director of the State Department's Office of Information Resource Management under Clinton, and Heather Samuelson, a Clinton aide, were granted immunity deals during the FBI's investigation, as well.
Mills gave "federal investigators access to her laptop on the condition that findings couldn't be used against her," according to the Associated Press' account of what Chaffetz shared.
"No wonder they couldn't prosecute a case," Chaffetz, who is chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, told the Associated Press. "They were handing out immunity deals like candy." He continued:
In July, FBI Director James Comey announced that his agency would not be recommending an indictment for Clinton for her use of a private email server during her secretary of state tenure. Comey stated:
Ultimately, Comey concluded, that while "there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information, our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case."
Prior to Chaffetz's account on Friday, it was already known that former State Department IT technician Bryan Pagliano also was given an immunity deal during the FBI investigation. Pagliano was subpoenaed by the House Oversight Committee but declined to show up to the hearing. On Thursday, the House Oversight Committee voted to hold Pagliano in contempt of Congress.