This aspect of the Hillary email scandal should be nothing short of riveting entertainment it it continues down its present path. It’s the stuff of a great police drama. And watching the players squirm as they are put on the hot seat is just the beginning of the fun.
A House Committee investigation, headed by U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), revealed some outrageous aspects of corruption, legal and policy violations on Tuesday. Additionally, eyebrows raise in suspicion as three witnesses, ordered to testify, failed to show up.
ABC News reported:
Three witnesses ordered to testify Tuesday before a House committee investigating Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server asserted their constitutional rights against self-incrimination and did not appear or refused to answer questions.
Bryan Pagliano, the former State Department computer specialist tasked with setting up Clinton’s server, did not attend the Republican-led hearing. His attorneys said in a letter to the chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee that Pagliano will continue to assert his constitutional right not to testify.
Pagliano spoke previously to the FBI under immunity, telling the bureau there were no successful security breaches of the server. But he said he was aware of many failed login attempts that he described as “brute force attacks.”
Pagliano also refused to answer questions last year before a House panel investigating the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya.
But that’s not the best of the absurdity. Justin Cooper, a former Clinton aide, did testify he had access to Hillary’s emails. Why is that absurd? He had no security clearance. Since he had access to the full Clinton server, full of top-secret emails, that presents quite a problem for the Clinton campaign.
LifeZette had this to say about the Clinton Email investigation circus.
The admission would likely drag Clinton, the Democratic presidential candidate and former secretary of state, into an indictment under normal circumstances. But FBI Director James Comey, faced with such admissions, still recommended no charges against Clinton on July 5.
Soon after, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said she would drop the issue.
Republicans were left fuming, and congressional hearings about the issue continue. But the committees can only do so much.
Clinton was part of the executive branch, which does not have to answer to the House or Senate. The executive branch also includes the FBI and the Department of Justice, which punted the issue — right before President Obama’s first joint appearance with Clinton at a presidential campaign event.
Also frustrating Chaffetz is the fact that other witnesses in the Clinton email scandal can take the Fifth Amendment, or not show up to testify.
On Tuesday, two of the committee’s witnesses took the Fifth. They were Bill Thornton and Paul Combetta, both of Platte River Networks of Denver. The firm helped set up Clinton’s private servers at her home in Chappaqua, N.Y., and then moved the servers to New Jersey. The servers processed secret and classified information and government emails through Clinton’s private network, in violation of the law.
The House committee was especially incensed because the men had already answered to the FBI.
The real burn was the absence of Brian Pagliano, a former Clinton aide and information technology specialist. Pagliano is a key witness wanted by the House committee. Pagliano got immunity from the FBI.
The show is just starting, folks, so strap yourself in and enjoy the ride.
Leave a comment below. What do you think about the investigation? Will this be the stone that finally sinks Hillary’s submarine?