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State IT official warned Clinton ‘inner circle’ about concerns with email setup

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The State Department technician who set up Hillary Clinton’s private server told FBI officials that he conveyed internal concerns that the setup violated federal record-keeping rules to Clinton’s “inner circle,” according to investigation notes released Friday afternoon.

{mosads}Bryan Pagliano told investigators that in 2009, two State IT specialists asked him whether he was aware of the clintonemail.com domain, then asked him to relay to Clinton’s team that the server could be a federal records retention issue.

Pagliano conveyed the message to Cheryl Mills, Clinton’s chief of staff during her tenure as secretary of State. He told investigators that Mills replied that other secretaries of State had also used private email accounts, citing Colin Powell.

The details come from 189 pages of notes from the FBI’s interviews with State officials, Clinton aides, IT technicians who worked on the server and others, released late Friday afternoon.

The pages contain a few previously-unknown tidbits — including the revelation that Clinton at one point had a Gmail account, used so an unnamed aide could send her articles of interest to read.

But the aide said he was “fairly sure” that the account was never used after it was opened.

The FBI did not recommend charges following the closure of the investigation, which focused on whether Clinton mishandled classified information.

Many of the officials interviewed expressed little alarm about the email set-up, describing it largely as business as usual.

One official, whose name was withheld from the FBI, did appear shocked when shown an email exchange that had been sent through the unclassified server.

“Wow,” the official responded, before declining to answer further questions on the exchange. When he was escorted to the elevator following the interview, the official told an agent that “after seeing the above referenced documents, he now understood why people were concerned about this matter.”

Pagliano and Mills both received some form of immunity from the Department of Justice for their participation in the probe.

Mills’s deal is restricted to information found on a laptop computer she used to sort Clinton’s private emails from the work emails turned over to the State Department in December 2014.

Dozens of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) cases on Clinton’s private email are still working their way through the civil court system.

Meanwhile, the House Oversight Committee is investigating whether Clinton or her aides were knowingly involved in the destruction of emails on the server that were under subpoena from the House Benghazi Committee.

That investigation was sparked by revelations from the FBI’s first report on its investigation, as well as the summary of agents’ interview with Clinton herself, released earlier this month. 

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