WASHINGTON—Two expertise staff who labored on Hillary Clinton’s personal electronic mail server invoked their constitutional rights in opposition to answering questions in entrance of a congressional panel probing the previous secretary of state’s electronic mail association.
Paul Combetta and Bill Thornton, each staff of Platte River Networks in Denver, had been known as to Capitol Hill on Tuesday. They invoked their Fifth Amendment proper in opposition to testifying earlier than the Republican-led House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Another expertise staffer unaffiliated with the corporate, Bryan Pagliano, defied a congressional subpoena and declined to attend Tuesday’s listening to.
A spokesman for Platte River Networks, which helped handle Mrs. Clinton’s server, declined to remark aside from to say the corporate can be issuing a press release within the close to future. An legal professional representing Mr. Pagliano didn’t reply to a request for remark.
The standoff in entrance of the committee is the newest episode within the saga over Mrs. Clinton’s use of a personal electronic mail server whereas heading the State Department between 2009 and 2013. Although the Federal Bureau of Investigation has advisable that no charges be brought against the Democratic presidential candidate or her aides as a part of a now-closed investigation, the House panel is now probing various points associated to her electronic mail setup.
Specifically, Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R., Utah) is taking a look at why an archive of Mrs. Clinton’s emails was deleted by a Platte River technician after that they had been subpoenaed as a part of a congressional investigation. Mr. Chaffetz has requested the Justice Department to open an investigation into the matter and can also be utilizing his committee’s jurisdiction to probe it.