On Monday, two leading House Republicans sent a letter to a Justice Department attorney detailing a perjury case against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The letter contrasts Clinton’s sworn testimony with that of FBI Director James Comey, which appears to prove the former secretary’s numerous statements to be blatant lies.
“The evidence outlined 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,” wrote House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R—Ut.) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R—Va.) in a letter to U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Channing Phillips on Monday.
The letter details four specific instances where Clinton’s testimony to the House Select Committee on Benghazi on October 22, 2015, directly conflicted with Comey’s later statements.
“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.”
Over one month ago, Goodlatte and Chaffetz wrote a letter to the Department of Justice, requesting an investigation into Clinton’s statements. Early this month, Assistant Attorney General Peter J. Kadzik wrote a response, promising, “We are reviewing this information and will take appropriate action as necessary.” In Monday’s letter, the congressmen said they aim to “assist that investigation” by detailing specific instances.
In tandem with the letter, the oversight committee released a YouTube video directly contrasting the testimony of Clinton at the Benghazi hearing with that of Comey last month. Like other videos contrasting comments by the former secretary and the FBI director, it is quite damning.
When the FBI exonerated Clinton of any criminal charges in the case of her private email server last month, Americans were displeased. According to an NBC News/Washington Post poll, 56 percent disapproved of the FBI’s decision, while only 35 percent approved. Fifty-seven percent said the email case made them concerned about how Clinton would act as president.
There is little likelihood that President Obama’s Department of Justice will pursue a criminal case against the president’s heir apparent, but by going public with these charges, Goodlatte and Chaffetz might convince the American people that once again, the Clintons are living by a different set of rules than the general public. As bad as Trump may be, he is not a Clinton.