Sen. Ron Johnson said Wednesday that he and Sen. Chuck Grassley are ready to offer a former Clinton aide immunity if he testifies about installing and maintaining a private email server for former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton.
"I'm scratching my head understanding what criminal activity he might be concerned about," the Wisconsin senator told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" program. "If we feel it's important for our overnight responsibility we'll go to a federal judge and try and get a grant of immunity."
On Saturday, Clinton acknowledged that she and her family paid the former State Department staffer Bryan Pagliano
with personal personal funds to maintain a private email server that she used for both personal and government matters while secretary of state.
Pagliano last week invoked his constitutional right against self-incrimination during a U.S. House of Representatives committee last week and also declined to produce documents.
Johnson said that it would be a good idea for Pagliano to accept immunity, as it "would get him off the hook," but meanwhile, he's not as concerned about prosecuting the man as he is about the use of a private email server itself.
"[There are] national security implications of what Sec. Clinton did and what other department heads and agency heads are doing within this administration," Johnson said. "Sec. Clinton is not the only one who seems to be doing private email accounts to circumvent FOIA [Freedom of Information Act] requests."
Meanwhile, Johnson said President Barack Obama promised his administration would be "the most transparent in history" but it has been "opaque."
"The American people have a right to know and it seems like the members of this administration made sure to circumvent the FOIA requests, to keep the regulatory activity opaque," he said.
Meanwhile, Johnson said that Congress can still compel Pagliano to appear for hearings, but he does have the constitutional right to refuse testimony. Immunity, meanwhile, is still far away, he told the program.
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