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Clinton Aide Subpoenaed Over Private Server Snubs House Hearing

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Tuesday, 13 Sep 2016 11:12 AM

One of Hillary Clinton’s aides who helped maintain her private email server skipped a hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Tuesday despite a subpoena.

Bryan Pagliano, a former staffer on Clinton’s 2008 presidential bid who was granted immunity by the Justice Department during a probe of the server, has twice before invoked his Fifth Amendment rights on the matter. The latest call to testify furthered “no legislative purpose and is a transparent effort to publicly harass and humiliate” him “for unvarnished political purposes,” Pagliano’s lawyers wrote in a letter to the committee’s chairman, Republican Representative Jason Chaffetz of Utah.

Pagliano installed the main server that the Democratic presidential nominee used while she was secretary of state, and he handled software upgrades and general maintenance, according to recently released files from the FBI’s investigation, which recommended no charges against Clinton or her aides.

Clinton’s use of the private email server has dogged her campaign for more than a year and prompted a series of explanations and clarifications from the Democratic presidential candidate over her use of the system to send or receive classified information. The FBI probe singled out Clinton and her aides for “extremely careless” handling of sensitive data.

Pagliano’s lawyers have said his grant of immunity was limited and he had a fear of prosecution if he testified in other circumstances.

Chaffetz said in a letter Monday that the committee might vote to enter a private session but emphasized the subpoena remained in force. Pagliano’s lawyers responded early Tuesday, saying he would come to such a session but that he would again invoke his Fifth Amendment rights.

Two employees from Platte River Networks, a Denver-based technology firm the Clintons hired to maintain a successor server after Hillary Clinton left the State Department, were also called to testify.

Tuesday’s hearing will mark the the committee’s third in recent days. During a Monday session, the committee’s Republican chairman, Representative Jason Chaffetz of Utah, served a subpoena to an FBI official for full files from the bureau’s investigation of Clinton.

Republicans have said the committee is looking into special treatment of a presidential candidate by the government, while Democrats have said the committee is trying to tarnish their nominee.

 

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