Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Two GOP Committee Chairmen Accuse Hillary of Perjury

Two GOP Committee Chairmen Accuse Hillary of Perjury

by Stephen Lendman

Perjury is a serious US crime, involving willfully lying under oath with intent to deceive in verbal, written or other testimony in court, before a grand jury, in congressional testimony, among other proceedings.

On August 15, House GOP Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman Jason Chaffetz jointly said Hillary’s congressional testimony regarding use of her personal server for official State Department business was “incompatible” with FBI collected evidence - in a letter to US Attorney for the District of Columbia Channing Phillips.

Urging “appropriate action as necessary” be taken, their letter in part said:

“The evidence collected by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) during its investigation of Secretary Clinton’s use of a personal email system during her time as Secretary of State appears to directly contradict several aspects of her sworn testimony, which are described in greater detail below.”

“During a House Select Committee on Benghazi hearing on October 22, 2015, Secretary Clinton testified with respect to (1) whether she sent or received emails that were marked classified at the time; (2) whether her attorneys reviewed each of the emails on her personal email system; (3) whether there was one, or more servers that stored work-related emails during her time as Secretary of State; and (4) whether she provided all her work-related emails to the Department of State.”

“Although there may be other aspects of Secretary Clinton’s sworn testimony that are at odds with the FBI’s findings, her testimony in those four areas bears specific scrutiny in light of the facts and evidence FBI Director James Comey described in his public statement on July 5, 2016 and in testimony before the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on July 7, 2016.”

All politicians lie. It’s one thing doing it in public addresses, statements or other communications - entirely another under oath, a criminal offense, calling for a fine and/or up to five years imprisonment.

Subornation of perjury (attempting to influence another party to lie under oath) is a criminal offense. Proving perjury requires distinguishing between unintentionally misstating facts in contrast to willfully lying.

United States v. Dunnigan was a seminal case, establishing the legal standard of perjury under US law, stating:

“(T)estifying under oath or affirmation violates this section if (any individual) gives false testimony concerning a material matter with the willful intent to provide false testimony, rather than as a result of confusion, mistake, or faulty memory.”

Information Hillary gave the FBI regarding use of her home server and personal BlackBerry for official State Department business differed from what she told Congress under oath.

If charged and proved guilty in judicial proceedings, she’ll be a convicted felon subject to penalties as prescribed by law.

Her war crimes and racketeering should disqualify her for public office. Nuremberg-level criminality, influence selling, money-laundering and likely grand theft are too serious to ignore. Prosecution should hold her accountable.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 


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