Chaffetz Tells FBI Director He'll Get a Referral to Investigate Clinton's 'Statements Under Oath' Within Hours

By Melanie Arter | July 7, 2016 | 11:08am EDT
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) (AP Photo)

( – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) told FBI Director James Comey on Thursday that he would have a referral “in the next few hours” to investigate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s statements under oath to a congressional committee regarding her use of a private email server during her tenure at the State Department.

Chaffetz began his questioning by asking Comey whether Hillary Clinton lied.

Chaffetz: “Did Hillary Clinton lie?”



Comey: “To the FBI? We have no basis to conclude she lied to the FBI.”

Chaffetz: “Did she lie to the public?”

Comey: “That’s a question I’m not qualified to answer. I can speak about what she said to the FBI.”

Chaffetz:  “Did she, did Hillary Clinton lie under oath?”

Comey: “Not to the FBI. Not in a case we’re working.”

Chaffetz: “Did you review the documents where Congressman Jim Jordan asked her specifically and she said, ‘there was nothing marked classified on my emails either sent or received?’”

Comey:“I don’t remember reviewing that particular testimony. I’m aware of that being said though.”

Chaffetz: “Did the FBI investigate her statements under oath on this topic?”

Comey: “Not to my knowledge. I don’t think there’s been a referral from Congress.”

Chaffetz: “Do you need a referral from Congress to investigate her statements under oath?”

Comey: “Sure do.”

Chaffetz: “You’ll have one. You’ll have one in the next few hours.” 

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