Still One Hitch Left in Hillary’s Escape Plan, This Could Still Get Her
On Tuesday, FBI Director James Comey spent 14 minutes reading a virtual indictment of Hillary Clinton for her use of an unauthorized email server in her home to conduct the nation’s diplomatic business during her four-year tenure as Secretary of State.
It was only at the very end of his statement that Comey announced he would recommend the filing of charges against her, but it hardly provided cause for celebration for Team Clinton as she heads to the Democrat National Convention at the end of the month.
Now, adding to the damage Comey did as he laid out what looked to be a clear-cut case against Clinton for violating criminal laws is the likelihood that the FBI director will be asked to investigate whether Clinton lied under oath to Congress.
Following Comey’s announcement on Tuesday, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, called an emergency hearing to question Comey about the process he used to come to his decision.
Chaffetz asked the FBI head point blank: “Did Hillary Clinton lie?”
When Comey hedged, “We have no basis to conclude she lied to the FBI,” Chaffetz specified, “Did she lie to the public? Did Hillary Clinton lie under oath?”
Referring to Clinton’s October 2015 sworn testimony before the House Benghazi Committee, Chaffetz asked Comey if he reviewed her statement, “There was nothing marked classified on my emails, either sent or received.”
Shockingly, Comey said he had not done so, because there had not been a referral from Congress.
Seemingly surprised, Chaffetz asked, “Do you need a referral from Congress to investigate her statements under oath?”
“Sure do,” the FBI head answered.
Chaffetz grinned and assured Comey, “You’ll have one. You’ll have one in the next few hours.”
Summing up, Chaffetz said he will ask the FBI to investigate Clinton’s sworn testimony before Congress.
Investigations by both the Inspector General and the FBI have subsequently proved her statement that she did not send or received classified information via email to be untrue.