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story.lead_photo.caption Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a rally, Monday, June 6, 2016, in Los Angeles. - Photo by AP / JOHN LOCHER

WASHINGTON -- The former aide to Hillary Clinton who set up her private email server confirmed in a court filing Tuesday that the Justice Department had granted him limited immunity from prosecution.

But Bryan Pagliano had filed copies of the deal under seal and asked a judge to keep them out of public view.

The filing came in response to a judge's directive to disclose details of the immunity agreement, which Pagliano said he entered into after cooperating in December with the Justice Department's ongoing investigation into Clinton's server.

Though Pagliano has spoken with the Justice Department, he has invoked his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination in refusing to answer questions from Congress and reiterated Tuesday that he would not give testimony in an ongoing lawsuit brought by conservative legal advocacy group Judicial Watch.

"The DOJ has not authorized a grant of immunity for Mr. Pagliano in connection with any other matter, including this civil case," Pagliano's attorneys wrote in a court filing.

Pagliano received limited "use" and "derivative use" immunity from the Justice Department, his lawyers wrote. That type of immunity generally protects witnesses from having statements they make to investigators being used against them in any criminal case -- with the exception of lies or false statements -- while still enabling the government to prosecute using evidence it obtains independent of that testimony.

Pagliano's lawyer, Mark MacDougall, did not return a phone message seeking comment.

Judicial Watch has sought the testimony of Pagliano and several other current and former State Department aides about the 2009 creation of the private email system used by Clinton while secretary of state.

An FBI and Justice Department investigation continues into whether sensitive information that flowed through the server was mishandled.

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