A former U.S. State Department employee who reportedly assisted in work on Hillary Clinton’s private e-mail when she was Secretary of State is asserting his constitutional right to not testify before a Republican-led House committee.
Bryan Pagliano’s attorneys say he won’t sit for a deposition, as requested by a subpoena from the chairman of the committee investigating the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, explains Representative Elijah Cummings in a memo Wednesday to other Democrats on the panel.
Cummings states that the committee’s chairman, Representative Trey Gowdy of South Carolina, had issued the subpoena on Aug. 11.
On Monday, Pagliano’s lawyers responded that Pagliano would assert his Fifth Amendment right not to testify, writes Cummings, who also described the lawyers as expressing concern about “the political environment.”
Pagliano is identified in the memo as a former IT staffer who worked for Clinton and reportedly assisted with her e-mail and server.
News of the subpoena was first reported Wednesday night by The Washington Post.
The Post also reported that two Senate committee are said to have also contacted Pagliano.
Cummings, of Maryland, argues in his memo that, “Although multiple legal experts agree there is no evidence of criminal activity, it is certainly understandable that this witness’ attorneys advised him to assert his Fifth Amendment rights, especially given the onslaught of wild and unsubstantiated accusations by Republican presidential candidates, Members of Congress, and others based on false leaks about the investigation,” Cummings said.
There was no immediate response from a spokesman for Gowdy and Republicans on the committee.