When President Bill Clinton was impeached he faced two charges; perjury, and obstruction of justice.
Hillary Clinton may have not faced any charges resulting from the FBI’s investigation into her private email server yet, but their investigation did find that she lied repeatedly. She claimed to have never sent classified information over her server, while 110 emails in 52 email chains contained classified information at the time they were sent or received. Hillary claimed to have provided all her work-related emails to the FBI for their investigation, while several thousand were not. She said she used a personal email out of convenience, as she thought it would be easier to carry one device for her work and personal emails instead of two – but used numerous mobile devices to send and receive emails.
Hillary calls it “short-circuiting” – the rest of us call it lying. Now, while charges weren’t placed for misconduct regarding the use of her private email server, Congressional Republicans are seeking charges they sought on another Clinton: perjury.
As the Daily Caller reports: The Republican chairmen of the House Oversight and House Judiciary Committees laid out the case for perjury charges against Hillary Clinton in a letter sent to the U.S. Attorney in Washington, D.C. on Monday.
Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz and Virginia Rep. Bob Goodlatte, the chairs of Oversight and Judiciary, respectively, say that Clinton may have violated 18 U.S.C. § 1621 and § 1001, federal laws which govern perjury and false statements, respectively, during her Oct. 22, 2015 testimony in front of the House Select Committee on Benghazi.
In a letter to U.S. Attorney Channing Phillips, the lawmakers point to four inconsistent statements Clinton made regarding her private email system during that hearing.Clinton gave false testimony when she said she did not send or receive emails that were marked classified at the time they were originated, when she claimed that her attorneys reviewed all of the emails on her personal email system, when she said that she only operated one server, and when she claimed that she provided all of her work-related emails to the State Department, Chaffetz and Goodlatte argue.
FBI director James Comey undermined those Clinton claims, and others, during two public appearances early last month. While Comey announced on July 5 that the FBI would not seek charges against Clinton for mishandling classified information, he called her use of a private email server “extremely careless.”If Hillary Clinton wins the election come November, is she positioning herself to be the second Clinton to be impeached? We shall see…
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]