Members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted today to hold Bryan Pagliano, the man who helped set up Hillary Clinton's home email server, in contempt of Congress after he failed to attend a committee hearing earlier this month on Clinton's emails, reported the Huffington Post.
The weirdest part? This charge was served to Pagliano by armed federal marshals.
Pagliano refused to attend the hearing on Sept. 13. He told the committee he'd be willing to meet with them privately, but would not do so with television cameras in the room.
So what did Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-CA), who chairs the committee, and other Republicans do exactly?
"To clear up any ambiguity created by Mr. Pagliano's six lawyers about whether they would confirm service of the prior subpoenas - which they refused to do - we had the U.S. marshals personally serve him," said Chaffetz.
The decision to serve Pagliano was a decidedly one-sided affair.
Democrats were obviously unhappy with the move.
"The committee could have sent a staffer in a coat and tie, but they sent federal marshals with guns," said Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), who also serves on the committee.
"This served no purpose but to harass and intimidate Mr. Pagliano," added Cummings. "The chairman ordered this action in secret, without even notifying Democratic committee members of his plan. No consultation, no debate, no vote."
Pagliano also chose not to attend a hearing held by the Benghazi Committee last year, exercising his right against self-incrimination.
Many online pointed out this decision seems to have been motivated by politics.
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