Ga. Rept. Tom Kirby (R-107)
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With a record like this, Who in their right mind would want her as our President?
Democrat insiders breathed a sigh of relief when FBI Director James Comey announced former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would not face criminal charges over mishandling classified materials because they could not prove she knowingly intended to break the law. But if history is any guide, her email-related legal troubles have just begun.
In case after case, rich and powerful figures find themselves in legal trouble and scramble to cover up the evidence only to find that the cover up carries a bigger punishment than the crime. Just as in Hillary Clinton’s case, a lengthy FBI investigation found baseless the accusation that TV host Martha Stewart engaged in insider stock trading.
But she lied to investigators in the matter. Even though the original charge against her was found to have no merit, she ended up in federal prison for perjury.
Luckily for Hillary Clinton, the FBI has determined that running classified materials through a private server is not a crime. Unluckily for Hillary, lying to Congress in sworn testimony is a crime.
In October 2015, appearing before the House Select Committee on Benghazi, Clinton made numerous statements to Congress, in sworn testimony, regarding her email server. Under oath, Clinton stated none of the emails she sent over her private served were marked classified or contained classified information.
“[T]here was nothing marked classified on my emails, either sent or received,” Clinton testified. The FBI’s investigation found 110 such emails.
Clinton also stated under oath that all work-related emails were turned over to the State Department because her attorneys “went through every single email.” The FBI went through every single email and found thousands that had not been turned over. They found her attorneys had simply typed keywords into a search engine.
Sections 1621 and 1001 of Title 18 of United States Code lay out the crime of perjury before Congress.
Lying to Congress is punishable by up to five years in prison. If the perjury involves terrorism, the punishment is a maximum of eight years in prison.
Criminal convictions for lying to Congress are rare because the crime is relatively rare, but they do occur.
In the last 42 years, one corporate executive and four government officials have been convicted and sentenced for lying to Congress.
While Comey claims Clinton did not lie to the FBI in their unrecorded interview, he stopped short of saying she did not lie in her sworn testimony to Congress.
The FBI traditionally does not investigate the crime of lying to Congress without a formal referral from the body.
Rep. Trey Gowdy, chairman of the Benghazi committee, Rep. Jason Chaffet, chairman of the Oversight Committee and Rep. Bob Goodlatte, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee began the process Friday of filing that formal referral, which would begin an FBI criminal investigation of Clinton’s statements before Congres