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Tech expert who set up Clinton's server ignores subpoena

A former State Department aide involved in maintaining Hillary Clinton's private email server will face consequences for failing to appear before a House committee despite a subpoena, the panel's chairman said Tuesday. Bill Thornton and Paul Combetta, the Platte River Networks employees who hosted Clinton's servers, invoked the Fifth Amendment and told the committee nothing.

Bryan Pagliano, a former staffer on Clinton's 2008 presidential bid who was granted immunity by the Justice Department during a probe of the server, has twice before invoked his Fifth Amendment rights on the matter and didn't attend the session. "I know there were security functions on the server and they evolved over time as technology evolved over time", Cooper said during an at-times heated hearing on State Department records before the House Oversight Committee.

U.S. Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., a member of the oversight committee, said Pagliano could be held in contempt of Congress because of his absence.

Pagliano's lawyers, led by Mark MacDougall, sent a letter to Chaffetz on Monday, saying their client has repeatedly asserted his Fifth Amendment rights before Congress and doing so again "serves no legislative objective and is a transparent effort to publicly harass and humiliate" the former staffer.

Republicans have assailed Comey's ruling and demanded that the Justice Department open a new investigation into whether Clinton lied during testimony previous year before the House panel investigating the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi.

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"On the advice of counsel, I respectfully decline to answer and assert my Fifth Amendment privilege", Combetta said. He's a former White House aide to President Bill Clinton.

Democrats insist the sole objective of the hearings is to undermine Clinton's bid for the presidency.

Pagliano installed the main server that the Democratic presidential nominee used while she was secretary of state, and he handled software upgrades and general maintenance, according to recently released files from the FBI's investigation, which recommended no charges against Clinton or her aides.

When asked how many "brute force attacks" he observed on Clinton's server, Cooper said, "I can't say with any specificity how many happened". Justin Cooper, who helped Pagliano with the initial setup for the email server, testified he did so without ever having security clearance for access to classified information that was later found to have been contained in Clinton's email. Cooper told the committee that he thought that "was good practice at the time".

"So here's what we have heard from people who have seen this stuff: that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is attempting to create a false impression of what they want us to think they found by selectively releasing all information", Napolitano said on "Fox & Friends". Congressional Republicans have cast Clinton as reckless with US national security by insisting on using private communications systems at potentially greater risk of being penetrated by Chinese and Russian hackers.

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