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Clinton Says Her Family Paid State Department Employee to Maintain Private Email Server

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"We obviously paid for those services ..."

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks after receiving an endorsement from U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) September 5, 2015, in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. (Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (TheBlaze/AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton said her family paid a State Department employee to maintain the private email server she used while secretary of state.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks after receiving an endorsement from U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) September 5, 2015, in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. (Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

Clinton said Bryan Pagliano continued to receive payment for his technical service "for a period of time."

Pagliano has told a House committee investigating Clinton's use of the email server that he would invoke his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination if called to testify.

The Democratic frontrunner for president addressed the email issue when she spoke with reporters Saturday after a campaign evening in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Clinton says "we obviously paid for those services and did so because during a period of time we continued to need his technical assistance."

She said she set up her own system because of the convenience of using a single hand-held device.

Pagliano worked in information technology at the State Department from May 2009 until February 2013, leaving when Clinton stepped down as secretary of state;  he now works for a technology contractor that provides some services to the State Department, the Washington Post reported.

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