Oversight Committee Holds Clinton IT Aide In Contempt Of Congress - "Subpoenas Are Not Optional"

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Last week, Clinton's IT aid who helped setup her private email server, Bryan Pagliano, apparently decided that Congressional subpoenas, like federal record retention laws, were merely optional suggestions that did not require compliance.  As such, Pagliano elected to skip last Tuesday's Congressional hearing in front of the House Oversight Committee regarding Hillary's email scandal. 

That said, Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), Chair of the House Oversight Committee, seems to be under the "illusion" that Congressional subpoenas are not optional at all and, as such, has voted to hold Pagliano in contempt of Congress.  According to The Hill, the Committee even had Pagliano served by armed U.S. Marshalls as an optical gesture to show they mean business.

“Subpoenas are not optional,” Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) said Thursday. “Mr. Pagliano is a crucial fact witness in this committee’s investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server to conduct government business.”


The committee asked Pagliano be served by U.S. Marshals, according to both Cummings and Chaffetz. Chaffetz argued that the move was intended to prevent ambiguity, while Cummings characterized the move as harassment.



Democrats serving on the Oversight Committee, like Elijah Cummings (D-MD), were appalled that Republicans would vote to force the IT staffer to comply with federal laws saying they simply intended to "harass and intimidate Mr. Pagliano."

The Committee could have sent a staffer in a coat and tie, but they sent federal Marshals with guns,” Cummings said. “This served no purpose but to harass and intimidate Mr. Pagliano.”


“These actions are the definition of abuse. They are harassment. And I believe they are unethical.”

Meanwhile, Pagliano's attorneys responded to the Oversight Committee saying that he had already "asserted his Fifth Amendment rights" and refused to answer any questions.  Therefore, they argued that additional appearances before Congress served no "valid legislative purpose."

“You and the committee have been told from the beginning that Mr. Pagliano will continue to assert his Fifth Amendment rights and will decline to answer any questions put to him by your committee,” according to the letter.


A subpoena issued by a Congressional committee is required by law to serve a valid legislative purpose and there is none here,” reads the letter, which refers to the committee’s efforts to force Pagliano to testify as a “naked political agenda” with “no valid legislative aim.”

Of course, as our readers are already aware, Pagliano, like Paul Combetta (the "Oh Shit" guy), was granted an immunity deal by the Department of Justice in return for his FBI testimony regarding the Clinton private email servers.  Given the immunity deal, Chaffetz argues there should be “no fear of criminal liability preventing him from testifying before the committee.”

We would caution Pagliano that, as suggested by the pic above, he would probably be well served to tread lightly...not many people share the Clintons' particular talent for escaping scandal after scandal without repercussions. 

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Peak Finance's picture

LOL are they sure this guy is still alive???

SlowBro's picture

IT guy here. Why didn't they look at the backups? Any IT guy worth his salt has some kind of backup.

Guess we know what kind of IT guy he was...

CryptBrain's picture

Pagliano has maaad backup Yo!  ...Can't touch this! 

His lawyer is talking as if he was talking to his moms... 

He got balls.  Let's see what kind of bite the commitee has.   

--cause they looking like some serious punks, right about now.

CheapBastard's picture

Worthless unless you throw these arrogant shits in the clinker for contempt until he complies.

The Saint's picture
The Saint (not verified) CheapBastard Sep 22, 2016 7:20 PM

Put Pagliano in the same cell as Hillary for a couple decades.


jcaz's picture

Dead man walking, Pags- might as well just spill the beans and get it over with now......

DeadFred's picture

You guys do realize that contempt of congress has to be prosecuted by the DOJ? Obama's DOJ? Brian can thumb his nose at the committee and fear nothing. Sad but true.

J S Bach's picture

Why do we have "immunity deals"?!  What a blistering travesty of justice.  Pardon the Israeli, but what the fuck?  These "yes men" are obviously complicit in crimes of high treason - and they're granted "immunity"?!  Insane times - utterly insane times.

philipat's picture

Both these IT Guys were given immunity and they are both pleading The Fifth and being generally uncooperative. Immunity is granted in exchange for cooperation with ALL branches of Government. The only logical conclusion here is that the FBI provided immunity NOT in exchange for full cooperation and the truth coming out, but in fact the exact opposite?

oops's picture
oops (not verified) philipat Sep 22, 2016 10:29 PM

Wherever you turn, the Long Arm of Government. https://goo.gl/tiZwod

BarkingCat's picture

That will change if  when Trump wins.

At that point it will be too late.

His immunity will be revoked and his ass will be going to prison for a long time.


Immunity can be revoked if the individual lies or refuses to cooperate.

Occident Mortal's picture

Your justice system is a joke.

Why isn't the law applied equally? Why aren't people protesting about this?

If this was Europe people would be in the streets throwing stones at the police and calling them cowards. In US people just go online and whine.


leftcoastfool's picture

Obviously you have no idea what happens to people in the US who throw stones at the police while calling them cowards...

onthesquare's picture

OM  you had me until you wrote "If this was Europe..."

Occident Mortal's picture

Your justice system is a joke.

Why isn't the law applied equally? Why aren't people protesting about this?

If this was Europe people would be in the streets throwing stones at the police and calling them cowards. In US people just go online and whine.


jeff montanye's picture

if you are uncertain whether your comment has been saved, try to insert the blinking cursor into your comment.  if it sticks, the comment was not saved.  if it doesn't, the comment was saved and will be posted.

be patient european.

thebigunit's picture

Thank you. You've cheered me up.

Immunity can be revoked if the individual lies or refuses to cooperate.

Zip_the_Zap's picture

Here is a vidio of the DOJ looking for evidence of Hillary malfeasances: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=iiiebkexh6o

thebigunit's picture

Definitely not good watch dog material.

Probably a candidate for a canine unit in Obama's Border Patrol.

edotabin's picture

Let's not kid ourselves. This guy is the sideshow they are trying to distract everyone with. This is all a Hillary coverup and nothing damaging will surface prior to the election.

CJgipper's picture

"Democrats serving on the Oversight Committee were appalled that Republicans would vote to force the IT staffer to comply with federal laws...."


Let's just pause and reminesce on this sentence here for a minute.

mc888's picture

No reminiscing required - Elijah Cummings is a grade-A douchebag piece of shit. He should be dismissed from the committee and brought up on multiple counts of dereliction of duty and obstruction of justice.

onewayticket2's picture

Contempt of Congress is FAR more attractive than the fate the DNC data mgr received on the street at 4am on his way to the FBI....

Down to Earth Thinking's picture

So why would they be given any kind of immunity from possible prosecution ? Consider how FBI has acted all along this trail of criminal activity in cinjunction with DOJ and it is obvious we do not live in any form of laws except those that the el;ites can maneuver thru ! It is all aserious fucking sick joke amd way past time to get a rope or call in a rogue air strike on the nest of criminals in DC !


And why is Trump not mentioning any of these events ?

XWeatherman's picture

Apparently he was given immunity under the condition that he keep his mouth shut.  Depends on the meaning of the word cooperate.

Frito's picture

For sure.. if you're going to do anything to data that you don't want to lose (like attempting to strip out or change email addresses) the FIRST thing you do is make a backup (or two).

The whole situation is a bit absurd though. It never should have got to this point. The emails of a Government official (like SoS) should have ALL been on a government controlled server administered by a government employed IT guy. The ultimate responsibility for this mess lies with HRC and her decision to go offsite.

onthesquare's picture

I suspect that somewhere there is an envelope, sealed, and is labelled  "TO BE OPENED IN THE EVENT OF MY DEATH OR DISAPPEARENCE"


Buck O Five's picture

Didn't you know nothing needs to go to tape anymore, you only need snapshots and to push it to the cloud. It must be true, my storage rep and gartner told me so.


Dormouse's picture

Elijah Cummings is one of the dumbest members of the Black Caucus. If not the dumbest, that is.

Government needs you to pay taxes's picture

Stupid niggers are well represented in US .gov.  

Mr Pink's picture

Are you trying to tell me you don't think islands can capsize?

scsherman's picture
scsherman (not verified) Mr Pink Sep 22, 2016 7:13 PM

Only if you pile too many soldiers on one side. If they are kept well balanced around the island it will not happen. This is just basic science.

BarkingCat's picture

If you put too many people on an island and keep them balanced then the island will sink.

bamawatson's picture

maxine waters,
sheila jackson whatever,from texas,
are right there with him

try this
name an intelligent member

jcaz's picture

Maxine has her own little special place in Stupidville-

She may be the dumbest human ever.

BarkingCat's picture

Indeed. Her IQ cannot be above 65.

Graph's picture


"....name an intelligent member"

Here is the one (albeit not currently in politics 'cause of Israel) :

Cynthia McKinney

wherewasi's picture

"I'd sooner vote for the first 500 names in the Boston phone book..."   William Bucklley

TheReplacement's picture

They are all making mad money acting like clowns.  So far, they seem pretty clever.

Down to Earth Thinking's picture

can you point out one that is actually intelligent, rational and reasonable ?  Cummings is simply a baffoon in disguise as a black man !

jeff montanye's picture

not sure but he might could spell buffoon.

doctor10's picture

"The Law" is whatever the Clinton Foundation says it is this week

For anybody paying attention on July 5th, basically the 240th anniversary of the Republic, the Clinton Foundation administered the coup de grace to the American government.

The Clinton Foundation managed to nullify 6 federal laws on behalf of their candidate, and in so doing gut Congress and the FBI-in public.

The Clinton Foundation has totally pwned Fed.gov. In every sense of the meaning.

There's a reason 30,000 emails can never be read by anybody outside the Foundation. They detail the individuals and organizations making it all happen.

Mebbe Chaffetz name isn't part of the spiderweb...mebbe it is and we're being played once again

However, ladies and gentlemen, this is where the rubber meets the road. Either we ARE a nation of laws or not.

If this proves out that we are not, God help us all because Fed.gov bonds will definitely be worthless and whats happening in Charlotte this week will prove to be merely an audition.

Swamp Yankee's picture

Yes they are optional because if they defy the subpeona then congress will.......... *what* exactly?


Thats right, they will nothing, the Hildaberast and her toadies are above the law.


Aint it grand being on the sunny side of a double standard?


NoDebt's picture

"if they defy the subpeona then congress will.......... *what* exactly?"


August's picture

The Sergeant-at-Arms can force them into the little Congressional lock-up, in the basement. 

Rarely used, I understand, except perhaps as a drunk tank.

steelhead23's picture

The criminal offense of "contempt of Congress" sets the penalty at not less than one month nor more than twelve months in jail and a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000. - Wikipedia

Were I Mr. Pagliano, I would do what his two buddies did.  Dress up nice.  Go before the Committee - and keep my mouth shut.  Going to jail is a very bad idea.  We all know that the Mafia routinely kills snitches in prison.  Better to play footsie with the FBI, and go into the witness protection program - in Venezuela.