Washington – Hillary Clinton’s former staffer, Bryan Pagliano, who participated in the set up of former secretary of state’s private email, decided to plead the Fifth Amendment to prevent him from testifying to the Congress about his work at Clinton’s home in Chappaqua, New York. Pagliano refused to cooperate by answering questions to the authorities after he was subpoenaed by a congressional committee
The 39 year old who had previously worked in Clinton’s presidential campaign is finding his own words could be coming back to bite him “Some things that look like good ideas…may actually have bad consequences,” he told in an IT webinar last year.
Pagliano’s lawyers sent a letter on Monday saying that their client would not testify to the panel who subpoenaed him last month. The IT specialist was paid with taxpayer dollars after helping former Secretary of State circumvent the law.
“While we understand that Mr. Pagliano’s response to this subpoena may be controversial in the current political environment, we hope that the members of the Select Committee will respect our client’s right,” attorney Mark MacDougall wrote in a letter obtained by MSNBC to Benghazi Committee Chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy.
The actions of Pagliano were unpleasant news to Clinton aides who had pressed the IT specialist to be interviewed by the GOP-led panel investigating the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya. Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the Benghazi panel didn’t seem surprised that the former staffer from the current presidential candidate refused to testify, given that she suggest the accusations against Clinton were completely lame.
Hillary Clinton’s side
Hillary Clinton will testify before the Benghazi committee next month, encouraged by her chairman John Podesta who stated. “We hope that everyone cooperates but at the end of the day I think what’s important is to hear from Hillary herself. Let the public hear what the questions are and let them hear what answers are.” Unlike the former staffer, Hillary will deal with the situation that has put her under investigation. Apparently she has nothing to hide or fear.
Source: NBC News