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A former State Department staffer who helped set up the email server in former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s home formally asserted his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination Thursday rather than answer questions before a Republican-led House committee.

The committee’s Republican and Democratic members got into a public spat over whether Bryan Pagliano’s closed-door appearance before the House Select Committee on Benghazi was necessary. His lawyer last week had told the committee that Pagliano would not testify.

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