As Attorney General Loretta Lynch is set to face tough questions in Congress today about declining to prosecute Hillary Clinton, Republicans in the House of Representatives asked the Justice Department to investigate whether Clinton had lied to Congress, McClatchy Newspapers reports.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Ut.), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), the House Judiciary Committee chairman, sent a rare criminal referral to the Justice Department asking investigators to review Clinton’s sworn testimony that she didn’t jeopardize government secrets by setting up her own personal server while she was secretary of state. Chaffetz and Goodlatte noted that FBI Director James Comey said the bureau had not looked into whether Clinton had lied to Congress.
“The evidence collected by the FBI during its investigation of Secretary Clinton’s use of a personal email system appears to directly contradict several aspects of her sworn testimony,” the chairmen wrote Channing Phillips, the U.S. attorney in Washington.
Separately, more than 200 House Republicans asked Comey for more information on the decision not to charge Clinton or her aides. Clinton, who will accept the Democratic Party’s nomination for president this month, has been dogged for more than a year for having used personal email routed through a private server during her tenure as the nation’s top diplomat. “There is absolutely no credible evidence that anyone at the FBI did anything wrong in this investigation, that they pulled any punches, or that they were improperly influenced by anyone outside the agency,” Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), top Democrat on oversight committee. “Republicans are now squandering even more taxpayer dollars in a desperate attempt to keep this issue alive and bring down Secretary Clinton’s poll numbers ahead of the election.”