Bryan Pagliano, the infamous aide that helped build then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s illegal email server, is about to face the music.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is looking to pursue charges against Pagliano after he ignored subpoenas to testify at a Congressional hearing last year.
In a letter sent on Thursday, Committee Chair Jason Chaffetz asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions to convene a jury with which to pursue charges against Pagliano in the matter.
“The authority to compel witnesses is integral to Congress’s and the Committee’s investigative powers,” Chaffetz wrote in the referral letter.
“Allowing Mr. Pagliano’s conduct to go unaddressed would gravely harm Congress’s ability to conduct oversight. This letter details the Committee’s significant efforts to work with Pagliano and his attorneys to avoid the necessity of a criminal referral — including giving Pagliano a second opportunity to show up after first failing to appear.”
The Daily Caller reports:
Pagliano was subpoenaed by Congress to testify on Sept. 13 and Sept. 22 but failed to up to the hearings. The Oversight Committee then voted to hold Pagliano in contempt of Congress.
Pagliano worked for Clinton at the State Department. There, he set up and maintained her secret email system, on which classified information was stored.
He received limited immunity from the Justice Department in exchange for his cooperation in the email investigation, which explored whether classified information was mishandled but ended with no charges filed against Clinton or anyone else.
Prior to cooperating with federal investigators, Pagliano pleaded the Fifth during an interview with the House Select Committee on Benghazi.
“There is no legal basis for Pagliano’s refusal to appear before the Committee,” reads Chaffetz’s letter.
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