GOP seeking perjury probe over Clinton emails

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) (R) during a hearing about Hillary Clinton's State Department email held the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on July 7.

Comey said the Federal Bureau of Investigation found no "clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues meant to violate laws governing the handling of classified information".

Comey's extensive public explanations of the FBI's investigation, though, called into question Clinton's previous public explanations about her email setup, and congressional Republicans pressed the FBI to say whether his investigators had looked at possible perjury charges stemming from her testimony before congressional committees.

Separately, more than 200 House Republicans sent a letter to Comey asking for more information on the decision not to charge Clinton or her aides.

That's five different entities that Johnson is querying.

"Secretary Clinton clearly placed our nation's secrets in peril and your decision to not refer the case for prosecution has created a cloud over our nation's justice system", according to the letter. A new poll shows most Americans disagree with the Justice Department's decision not to charge Hillary Clinton for using that private e-mail server. Do we have a Department of Justice or a department of "just us?"

There was an nearly surreal element to the Capitol Hill hearing, in which Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) asked Director Comey about the truthfulness of several statements Secretary Clinton had made about the matter. "Believe me, there are a lot of people" who don't know that killing another person is illegal, Trey Gowdy, a former prosecutor and representative of SC, said to Comey in his sharp-edged southern twang that echoes a history of mercilessness in dealing with outlaws.

USA criminal code relating to documents containing classified information says a crime has been committed when a government official, "knowingly removes such documents or materials without authority and with the intent to retain such documents or materials at an unauthorized location".

In a separate legal filing Tuesday, the government disclosed a letter from the Federal Bureau of Investigation saying the agency will provide the State Department with copies of hundreds of work-related emails from Clinton's account.

Fallon said voters with doubts should be reassured by Comey's distillation of the classification debate, which supported Clinton's basic argument that she had no intention of undermining security measures.

Kendall also echoed Clinton's own previous contention that she thought her "emails were being captured and preserved in the Department's record-keeping systems". The former has been made clear through results obtained in litigation initiated by Judicial Watch, the self-described "conservative, nonpartisan educational foundation", the latter by the FBI investigation. I can tell you this with absolute certainty: Anyone who was found to have demonstrated the exceedingly poor judgment that Secretary Clinton demonstrated in the use of her private email would likely not be granted a security clearance, the basis for denial being the risk associated with her unwillingness to follow the rules. The former president and the attorney general stated that all they talked about was their grandchildren and golf. Never should her representatives have been the sole arbiters of which among 60,000 emails that passed through her servers would enter the public domain.

Her Republican opponents say the cloud is as thick as ever - and every bit as useful as a political weapon against her. Chaffetz originally said a referral would happen "within hours" but waited until Monday to formally write one alongside Goodlatte. "He says no reasonable prosecutor would bring this case, but I'm not sure about that".

"She has built a protective shield around herself", Gergen said.

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