State Department Computer Expert a No-Show for Clinton Email Hearing

Oversight Committee holds another hearing on Clinton email use.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, chaired by Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, called the hearing to examine the preservation of State Department records in its on-going efforts to investigate the former Secretary’s use of a private server.

In a letter delivered yesterday to Chaffetz, Pagliano’s lawyer Mark MacDougall indicated that Pagliano would continue to assert his Fifth Amendment rights and would not be appearing at the hearing.

The lawyer also complained that the subpoena was served just two business before the required appearance.

Chaffetz was displeased with the Pagliano no-show, saying it was unacceptable. "When you are served a subpoena from the United States Congress it is not optional. That is not an optional activity and he is not here today."

As to what the consequences could be, Chaffetz said, "I will consult with counsel and my colleagues on the committee to consider a full range of options available to address Mr. Pagliano's failure to appear."

One of the options available to the committee is contempt of Congress.

At today’s hearing, two other witnesses, Bill Thornton and Paul Combetta, both employees of Platte River Networks, an outside data storage company the Clintons used to maintain their email records, invoked their Fifth Amendment rights continually and were eventually excused from the hearing.

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