A former IT State Department employee who avoided Congressional questions about his work on Hillary Clinton’s private email server may face criminal charges.
According to Western Journalism, on Thursday Representative Jason Chaffetz, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Session asking that Bryan Pagliano is charged for avoiding multiple subpoenas to testify on Clinton’s email server before the House Oversight Committee.
The Oversight Committee voted to hold Pagliano in contempt of Congress for his failure to respond to a subpoena in September.
Chaffetz stated that the authority to compel witnesses is integral to Congress’s and the Committee’s investigative powers and allowing Pagliano’s conduct to go unaddressed would gravely harm Congress’s ability to conduct oversight. Chaffetz’s letter to Session 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.
Bryan Pagliano was responsible for managing the former secretary of state’s private server and also served as a senior adviser to Hillary Clinton.
The chairman of the House Oversight Committee also said that just because there was a political election doesn’t mean it goes away and that he still has a duty and obligation to get to the truth about one of the largest breaches of security at the State Department. He also highlighted the fact that tens of thousands of documents still have not been turned over to Congress.
Chaffetz also wrote that there is no legal basis for Pagliano’s refusal to appear before the committee and in light of his contumacious conduct in refusing to testify, the department should bring the matter before a grand jury for its action or file an information charging him.
Bryan Pagliano had refused twice to appear before the committee and if found guilty, he could be fined up to $1,000 and jailed for up to one year.
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