Do you have your “shocked face” prepared? The Washington Post reports Wednesday night that a State Department IT staffer who handled Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email will plead the Fifth Amendment if subpoenaed.
The move by Bryan Pagliano, who had worked on Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign before setting up the server in her New York home in 2009, came in a Monday letter from his lawyer to the House panel investigating the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
Pagliano, who worked in the State Department’s information-technology department from May 2009 until February 2013, left the agency when Clinton departed as secretary. He now works for a technology contractor that provides some services to the State Department.
And we will.
Not surprisingly, Rep. Elijah Cummings thinks the whole thing’s a setup by Rep. Trey Gowdy, the chairman of the House Benghazi committee, to distract from Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. “He said the subpoena of a low-level aide is one of several signs that Gowdy is using the committee for the political purpose of trying to smear a Democratic presidential candidate,” reports the Post.