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Hillary's IT Aide Skips Second Hearing, Panel Holds Him in Contempt

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The name plate for witness Bryan Pagliano, former senior adviser, Information Resource Management, State Department, who did not appear, sits on the witness table on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016, during a hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

By    |   Thursday, 22 Sep 2016 01:11 PM

After a former IT aide to Hillary Clinton failed to show up for two congressional hearings in the last week, the House Oversight Committee voted to hold him in contempt of congress Thursday.

Bryan Pagliano set up and helped maintain Clinton's private email server during her time as secretary of state. He payed a crucial role in the matter, and was even paid by the Clinton family for his work — separate from his paycheck as a Department of State IT worker.

Pagliano was given immunity in exchange for telling the government what he knew about Clinton's email setup, but he was a no-show at an Oversight Committee hearing last week.

On Thursday, another hearing was held and he skipped that one as well. According to The Hill, that was the last straw for Republicans on the committee.

"Subpoenas are not optional," said committees chairman Jason Chaffetz, a Utah Republican. "Mr. Pagliano is a crucial fact witness in this committee's investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private server to conduct government business."

The measure will now go to the entire House floor for approval.

U.S. Marshals reportedly served Pagliano the orders to show up at the hearing.

"The committee could have sent a staffer in a coat and tie, but they sent federal marshals with guns," ranking Democrat Elijah Cummings said. "This served no purpose but to harass and intimidate Mr. Pagliano."

According to Politico, Thursday's vote to hold Pagliano in contempt was 19-15 — which went straight down party lines.

"This is a waste of time. It's destroying this committee. It's destroying the reputation of this committee," said Del. Stacey Plaskett of the Virgin Islands, reports Politico.

Pagliano was deposed as part of a Judicial Watch lawsuit regarding Clinton's emails in June but declined to answer questions, invoking his Fifth Amendment right more than 125 times.

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