House Republicans take steps to officially charge Hillary Clinton with perjury

Two leading House Republicans took steps to begin a case charging Hillary Clinton with perjury on Monday.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, addressed the results of the FBI’s investigation into Clinton’s personal email use at the State Department in a letter sent to the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia.

The leading Republicans pointed to four parts of Clinton’s sworn testimony before the House Select Committee on Benghazi last October that contradicted the results of the FBI probe.

“This letter identifies several pieces of Secretary Clinton’s testimony that appear to implicate 18 U.S.C. §§1621 and 1001 the criminal statutes that prohibit perjury and false statements, respectively,” the GOP lawmakers wrote in the letter sent Monday to Channing Phillips.

“The evidence collected 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,” they wrote.

The four areas of focus in the letter pointed out that “contrary to her sworn testimony,” emails were marked classified at the time Clinton sent and received them, that her attorneys “did not read each email in her personal account to identify all the work-related messages,” and that she used several servers and devices to send and receive emails. The letter also stated that Clinton did not turn over all of her work-related emails to the Justice Department.

“The four pieces of sworn testimony by Secretary Clinton described herein are incompatible with the FBI’s findings,”  the lawmakers wrote. “We hope this information is helpful to your office’s consideration of our referral.”

Goodlatte and Chaffetz had asked Phillips to investigate Clinton’s statements in a previous request. The Justice Department had responded in a letter earlier this month that it “will take appropriate action as necessary.”

The FBI did not formally recommend Clinton be charged following the investigation in July, though Director James Comey did admit that Clinton and her aides were “extremely careless” with handling of classified information.

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