A government watchdog group is asking two lawmakers to investigate whether State Department employees violated federal law by using email accounts from Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign to conduct official government business.
The request, which the Cause of Action Institute sent to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz , was prompted by the discovery that Bryan Pagliano, the State Department staffer who managed Clinton’s private email server, communicated with Clinton’s chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, from his campaign email address, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Before being hired as deputy chief information officer at the State Department in May 2009, Pagliano managed IT for Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign. He invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination during a brief interview in front of the House Select Committee on Benghazi in September.
A March 20, 2010 email that the State Department turned over to The Daily Caller shows that Mills emailed Pagliano on his campaign address after she lost the Blackberry she was provided by the 2008 Clinton campaign. That email and other records were part of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by Cause of Action on behalf of TheDC.