Rep. Jason Chaffetz and Virginia Rep. Bob Goodlatte have sent a letter to U.S. Attorney Channing Phillips in Washington D.C. asking for the prosecution of Hillary Clinton for 18 counts of perjury during her testimony before the House Select Committee on Benghazi. The complaint refers to Clinton’s testimony on Oct 22, 2015 before the committee that both Chaffetz and Goodlatte say violates U.S.C. § 1621 and § 1001, federal laws governing committing perjury to the House of Representatives.
The ball is now in the court of US Attorney Phillips, who has passed on charges brought by congress against Eric Holder for perjury. This time it could prove embarrassing to Phillips since FBI Director James Comey has already conceded that the narrative Clinton put on about her emails is false. And even if Phillips decides to move ahead on the charges, Loretta Lynch lurks in the background ready to put the kibosh on any charges against Hillary as she has before.
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.”