Second State Dept IT Staffer Refuses Questions on Hillary’s Private Server

The State Dept staffer who was in charge of IT matters during the time of Hillary Clinton’s private email server, John Bentel, has refused to answer questions from Congress. Bentel managed IT security issues for top staffers in the State Dept. Now he is stiff arming two committees, the Senate Judiciary and Homeland Security committees. He claims that the questions he answered before the Benghazi Committee are sufficient and he does not need to do it again. The point being that these are different committees with a compelling interest that is not the same as with the Benghazi Committee. So the ranks continue to close up to protect Hillary Clinton for her highly questionable treatment of items of highest national security. What steps will the committees take to require testimony? It waits to be seen.

Hillary email scandal goes nuclear

Second State employee refuses GOP questions on Clinton server

John Bentel is a former employee who managed IT security issues.

A State Department staffer who oversaw security and technology issues for Hillary Clinton is refusing to answer Senate investigators’ questions about the former secretary of state’s use of a private email server — marking the second time an ex-State employee has declined to talk to lawmakers.

John Bentel, a now-retired State employee who managed IT security issues for the top echelon at the department, declined to be interviewed by GOP staff on the Senate Judiciary and Homeland Security committees, according to a letter obtained by POLITICO.

The chairmen of both committees, Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), are now threatening to consider other ways to compel him to discuss the matter.

“We are troubled by your refusal to engage with the committees even after repeated overtures of accommodation,” the letter to Bentel and his lawyer reads. “We need to speak with you. … We would, of course, prefer that you meet with us in a voluntary and informal manner, but we will consider other options if faced with a continuing lack of cooperation.”

Bentel’s lawyer, Randy Turk of Baker Botts in Washington, did not reply to a request for comment, but the recent letter notes that Bentel told House Benghazi investigators last year he did not recall the server matter, according to the Senate letter. And in email correspondence between the panel and Bentel’s laywer, which was reviewed by POLITICO, Turk lamented that Bentel had already talked to the House Benghazi panel “about precisely what the committtees’ letter states is the subject of their investigation.”

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