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Aides expressed shock at the parameter, saying it is especially troubling as Mills and Samuelson already had immunity from the consequences of whatever might be on the laptop.
“You’re essentially extending immunity to everyone,” one aide said.
Transactional immunity, colloquially known as "blanket" or "total" immunity, completely protects the witness from future prosecution for crimes related to his or her testimony. Use and derivative use immunity prevents the prosecution only from using the witness's own testimony or any evidence derived from the testimony against the witness.
However, should the prosecutor acquire evidence substantiating the supposed crime—independently of the witness's testimony—the witness may then be prosecuted for the crime.
While prosecutors at the state level may offer a witness either transactional or use and derivative use immunity, at the federal level, use and derivative use immunity is quite common
the destruction of the laptops is particularly troubling as it means that the computers could not be used as evidence in future legal proceedings, should new information or circumstances arise.
originally posted by: Xcathdra
Anyone else find it weird we keep seeing articles discussing the FBI and who was granted immunity? One would think they would get the info right in the stories and note only the DOJ can grant immunity.
This mess is being dropped at the doorsteps of the FBI and the DOJ is being ignored.