Tuesday, September 13, 2016

"Clinton IT aide pleads Fifth, skips hearing"

The Hill: The former State Department employee who set up Hillary Clinton's private email server did not appear before the House Oversight Committee on Tuesday morning despite a subpoena to testify on the deletion of some of Clinton’s emails.

Bryan Pagliano exercised his Fifth Amendment right not to testify against himself before the House Select Committee on Benghazi in 2015. He was also reportedly awarded an immunity deal during the FBI’s now-closed investigation into Clinton’s use of the server while secretary of State.

“It’s a serious matter. Mr. Pagliano has chosen to evade a subpoena duly issued by the committee. I will consult with counsel and my colleagues to consider a full range of options available to address Mr. Pagliano’s failure to appear,” Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) said.

“He should be here. When you are served a subpoena by the United States Congress, that is not optional,” he said.

9 comments:

Amartel said...

This wackadoo has immunity. Unclear how he can invoke the 5th if you have immunity.

AprilApple said...

FBI should have offered him a deal. Sadly, pathetically, 3rd world banana republic-y the FBI is crap now.

edutcher said...

OK, they're saying he's evaded a subpoena.

Let's see somebody hang him.

Amartel said...

This wackadoo has immunity. Unclear how he can invoke the 5th if you have immunity.

That was earlier. Obviously, he trusts the rest of the government the same way he trusts the Choom Gang and the Ozark Mafia.

He also understands what the word Omerta means.

edutcher said...

PS He invoked the 5th last year. Now he's been offered immunity.

I think the next step is the Snowden Express.

ndspinelli said...

At what point do folks realize that idiot wimps like this Chaffetz guy are a huge part of the problem. With a few exceptions, these Republican buffoons have been a God send for Obama and Hillary.

Amartel said...

Okay, so let's say they send in cops to drag his ass to prison where it belongs. Then the screeching will begin in earnest (from the same people who were gleeful at the thought of Scooter Libby being perp walked). But those are the people who own the media so the hypocrisy doesn't matter because they have the megaphone. Still, at some point, you'd think Republicans would get angry enough to say screw popular sentiment, someone's gotta pay for this. I think that Republicans in office do get angry but fail to coordinate and cooperate with each other so they don't present a united front and can't count on each other when the chips are down.

Amartel said...

The popular opinion in the country is divided and then there are divisions within the Republican party. You see what happens when someone takes a principled stand. Everyone else runs for the hills to denounce and undercut them. Why take that risk?

edutcher said...

That they own the legacy media doesn't mean as much as it once did.

If not, the race wouldn't be dead even and we'd have never heard of Frumpty's dehydration/pneumonia/Ebola/plague.

Amartel said...

Confirmed: He's IGNORING the subpoena, not invoking the 5th. Can't invoke the 5th (amendment against self-incrimination) if you have immunity (and therefore can't be incriminated). Nice job, legacy media!

So THAT'S a thing that goes unpunished: Ignoring subpoenas. Happens all the time in civil cases; you threaten them with a motion to compel and for sanctions and they hork it up. But ignoring a Congressional subpoena? Someone sounds awfully confident. Jason Chaffetz: Time to go all Alex Forrest (Glenn Close's character in Fatal Attraction) and REFUSE to be ignored.