House Committee issues subpoena to Federal Bureau of Investigation for unredacted report on Clinton server

Ray Hunter
September 22, 2016

The move during a congressional hearing by Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, underscores mounting frustration within the GOP over what Republicans see as stonewalling by the Federal Bureau of Investigation over the Clinton probe.

The House Oversight Committee held a hearing to dig into some of the issues surrounding Hillary Clinton's private email server.

They include Bryan Pagliano (pag-lee-AH'-noh), the former State Department computer specialist who was assigned to set up Clinton's server. His attorneys informed the committee before the hearing that he would continue to assert his Fifth Amendment rights, as he did previously when interviewed by the House Select Committee on Benghazi. Justin Cooper, who helped Pagliano with the initial setup for the email server, testified he did so without ever having security clearance for access to classified information that was later found to have been contained in Clinton's email.

One witness, Justin Cooper, a former White House aide to President Bill Clinton, was the lone witness and answered the committee's questions for almost two hours.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to members of the media before boarding her campaign plane at Westchester County Airport, in White Plains, N.Y., Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, to travel to Charlotte, N.C., to attend a campaign rally.

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Those witnesses, Paul Combetta and Bill Thornton, worked for Platte River Networks, a company hired by the Clinton family to maintain the server. He told lawmakers that he couldn't say whether any secret information had been purloined by foreign hackers or that US national security had been compromised. The FBI probe singled out Clinton and her aides for "extremely careless" handling of sensitive data.

Representative Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the committee's top Democrat, said Chaffetz was trying to "beat up" the seven legislative liaisons from the FBI, CIA, State Department and other agencies he had summoned to the session.

Cooper was the only one witness of four Clinton IT aides or contractors invited to the hearing who both showed up and testified.

But never before had he simply refused to testify, a point that the Republicans on the committee emphasized as they argued that Pagliano had flouted the law, while Democrats contended that the hearing could have led to self-incrimination and breached the limits of his reported immunity deal with the F.B.I.

The men were then excused from the hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, the Associated Press reports.

Clinton has said she regrets using the system in her NY home's basement for work.

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