Two top Republican senators will seek to provide immunity to a former State Department employee who worked on Hillary Clinton's private email server in exchange for his testimony before Congress.
Sen. Chuck Grassley, the Iowa chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, who chairs the Homeland Security Committee said they would seek immunity to protect the constitutional rights of Bryan Pagliano.
Pagliano had worked
on Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign before setting up the server in her New York home in 2009.
His attorney, Mark MacDougall, sent a letter to the special House committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi attacks saying that Pagliano would invoke the Fifth Amendment when he is scheduled to appear before the panel on Thursday.
He was subpoenaed by Benghazi committee Chairman Trey Growdy, the South Carolina Republican, in August.
Pagliano has also been ordered to appear before the Senate panels chaired by Grassley and Johnson.
"The committees will certainly respect and defer to any legitimate assertion of an individual’s constitutional rights," the senators said in a letter to Pagliano and his attorneys on Friday.
The letter was released by the committees
"With that being said, the committees also need the unique information you likely have in order to exercise their oversight functions under the Constitution, which are unrelated to any potential prosecution or criminal inquiry," the senators said.
"Thus, the committees have the authority to obtain an immunity order, to acquire the information they need, while also protecting your right against self-incrimination."
Grassley and Johnson suggested that Pagliano and his attorneys meet with committee staff to "explore how to obtain the unique information you possess while respecting your constitutional rights, such as the possibility of a proffer session so that we can better understand what your testimony would be without any waiver of your rights."
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