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Paul Combetta, Platte River Networks, left, and Bill Thornton, Platte River Networks arrive on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016, to testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on 'Examining Preservation of State Department Records.' The empty seat of Bryan Pagliano, former senior adviser, Information Resource Management, State Department, who did not appear is at left. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

There was a hearing on Clinton's emails today but a key witness never showed up


Three people ordered to testify before Congress regarding Hillary Clinton's private email server asserted their rights against self-incrimination and did not appear or answer questions, <b>the Chicago Tribune reports</b>.

One of the witnesses, Bryan Pagliano, a former State Department computer specialist who set up the server, didn't show up at all.

His lawyers told the Oversight and Government Reform Committee that he would continue to not testify.

Chaffetz: Pagliano would 'face consequences'

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said Pagliano would "face consequences," without specifying what those consequences would be.

"We'll look at the full range of options, but if anybody's under any illusion I'm going to let go of this and let it just sail off into the sunset, they are very ill-advised," Chaffetz said.

Justin Cooper, who formerly served as a close aide to Bill Clinton and played a role in setting up the email system, testified during the hearing. 

No security clearance

During the hearing,  Chaffetz expressed concern that Cooper did not have a security clearance at the time, but still had access to Clinton's private email server, which contained sensitive information.

"Here's the problem: It's you, Mr. Cooper, with no experience, no dual authentication, no encryption, up against the Chinese and the Russians," Chaffetz said.  

"Who do you think is going to win that one?" 

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Cooper also told the committee that Clinton had personal computers inside her New York and Washington, D.C. homes.

Cooper admitted that he was involved in setting up the email server as Clinton transitioned from the Senate to the State Department in 2009.

<b>According to Politico</b>, Cooper testified that "unauthorized efforts to log onto the Clinton server occurred" more than once, so Pagliano was enlisted to address the issue.  

He also noted that the Secret Service was aware of the issue.

Fifth Amendment rights

Two Platte River Networks IT specialists, Paul Combetta and Bill Thornton, who were also involved in setting up Clinton's private email server, invoked their 5th Amendment rights at the hearing Tuesday -- citing that they have the Constitutional right to not answer self-incriminating questions from Chaffetz.

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