WASHINGTON (AP) — A former State Department employee who helped Hillary Rodham Clinton set up her private email server says he will assert his Fifth Amendment right not to testify before the House committee on Benghazi.
Attorneys for Brian Pagliano sent the committee a letter Monday saying their client would not testify at a hearing planned for next week. The panel subpoenaed Pagliano last monoth.
The letter was first reported Wednesday by The Washington Post. The top Democrat on the Benghazi committee, Maryland congressman Elijah Cummings, confirmed the letter in a memo to fellow Democrats.
Cummings says he is not surprised that Pagliano would wish to take the Fifth given what Cummings calls the “wild and unsubstantiated accusations” against Clinton, the former secretary of state and current Democratic presidential candidate.