GOP preps tough perjury case against Clinton-

GOP preps tough perjury case against Clinton–47kh.,b43

House Republicans are doubling down in their effort to bring perjury charges against Hillary Clinton over her testimony last year to the House Select Committee on Benghazi.

GOP lawmakers have claimed that the Democratic presidential nominee broke the law by lying under oath about her private email setup during her marathon appearance in October.

Next month, Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee plan to make the issue a central part of a hearing with senior officials from the FBI, a committee aide said on Thursday.
Legally, the GOP faces a tough case. Politically, however, raising the perjury allegations would be a way to keep the issue of Clinton’s truthfulness in the public eye throughout the fall as she battles Republican nominee Donald Trump for the White House.

Proving that someone committed perjury means overcoming a high hurdle: that the person knowingly told a falsehood under oath.

The GOP heads of the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees outlined the potential case against Clinton in a joint letter this week to Washington’s top federal prosecutor.

In their six-page letter, Reps. Bob Goodlatte (Va.) and Jason Chaffetz (Utah) pointed to four instances during which the former secretary of State “appear[ed] to implicate” two criminal laws barring perjury and false statements.

Goodlatte and Chaffetz, in their letter, noted that the FBI discovered classification markings on three of the emails in Clinton’s inbox, seemingly disproving her assertion that “nothing was marked classified at the time I sent or received it.”

But in a letter to Capitol Hill this week, the FBI’s congressional liaison noted that those markings were incomplete, might have been made in error and were buried in a chain of emails.

The fact that Clinton received messages with those partial markings, Jason Herring wrote, “is not clear evidence of knowledge or intent.”

In another case, the GOP chairmen point to Clinton’s claim before Congress that her attorneys “went through every single email” while deciding which emails belonged in a federal storehouse and which could be deleted.

Comey later said that, in fact, her attorneys “did not individually read the content of all of her emails,” but instead looked at “header information” and “search terms” to separate the roughly 30,000 emails that Clinton claimed were work-related from the similarly sized batch of messages that she said were personal. Comey said that the FBI discovered “several thousand” allegedly personal emails that were actually related to her official duties.

House Republicans are doubling down in their effort to bring perjury charges against Hillary Clinton over her testimony last year to the House Select Committee on Benghazi.

GOP lawmakers have claimed that the Democratic presidential nominee broke the law by lying under oath about her private email setup during her marathon appearance in October.

Next month, Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee plan to make the issue a central part of a hearing with senior officials from the FBI, a committee aide said on Thursday.

source–kristie mcdonald, the hill, stephen ryan, channing phillips, jason herring, charles tiefer

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