House Chairmen Request Perjury Investigation of Hillary Clinton

By Michael W. Chapman | July 12, 2016 | 10:59am EDT

House Oversight and Government 

Reform Committee Chairman Jason

Chaffetz (R-Utah).  (AP)

( -- Given the testimony of FBI Director James Comey and statements made under oath by Hillary Clinton about her use of a personal email server as Secretary of State, two chairmen in the House of Representatives have sent a letter to the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia requesting that he investigate whether Clinton "committed perjury and made false statements when testifying under oath before Congress."

In the July 11 letter, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) write to the Honorable Channing D. Phillips: "We write to request an investigation to determine whether former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton committed perjury and made false statements during her testimony under oath before congressional committees."

"While testifying before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on July 7, 2016, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey stated the truthfulness of Secretary Clinton’s testimony before Congress was not within the scope of the FBI’s investigation," write the chairmen.  "Nor had the FBI even considered any of Secretary Clinton’s testimony." 

"Director Comey further testified the Department of Justice requires a criminal referral from Congress to initiate an investigation of Secretary Clinton’s congressional testimony," said Chaffetz and Goodlatte.  "We are writing for that purpose."

Former Secretary of State Hillary

Clinton and FBI Director James

Comey.  (AP) 

"The evidence collected by the FBI during its investigation of Secretary Clinton’s use of a personal email system appears to directly contradict several aspects of her sworn testimony," said the chairmen.  "In light of those contradictions, the Department should investigate and determine whether to prosecute Secretary Clinton for violating statutes that prohibit perjury and false statements to Congress, or any other relevant statutes."

In a press release, Chaffetz and Goodlatte further note that they have requested FBI Director Comey to turn over "the FBI's full investigative file from its review of former Secretary Clinton's use of an authorized private email server."

In addition, Chariman Goodlatte has asked Director Comey, in a letter signed by more than 200 members of Congress, "demanding answers" regarding "the many questions surrounding his announcement that he does not recommend federal prosecution against former Secretary Hillary Clinton for mishandling classified information through private email servers."



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