Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is facing another pending federal investigation, coming right on the heels of her FBI case being closed.
The FBI last week cleared Clinton over any wrongdoing related to her apparent transmission of classified information over an unsecured email server.
As The Hill reports:
‘Republicans, outraged that Clinton appears to be getting off scot-free despite mishandling classified information, have quickly pivoted to accusing her of perjury.’
FBI Director James Comey set anti-Clinton forces into a fury after he announced last Tuesday:
‘Although there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information, our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case.’
The problem raised by the newly pending investigation is that Clinton insisted when testifying before Congress that she transmitted no classified information. In fact, she did transmit such information- even with some emails that were marked as classified.
The legal forces on Clinton’s side have raised a curious defense for the discrepancy, claiming that she did not know what the little letter “c” embedded in the email meant.
In other words, the head of one of, if not the, most powerful diplomatic force in the world didn’t know while she served as such for 4 years basic regulations and policies of her job, a job on which the lives and well-beings of many people depended.
That curiosity is not the point of the latest investigation, however. Questioning whether or not Clinton exhibited poor performance as Secretary of State has no basis in an official legal proceeding, only in academic halls.
No, as opposed to poor performance, the newly forming investigation goes after the fact that Clinton insisted under oath to the US Congress that she transmitted no classified information when, in fact, she did.
The chairmen of the Congressional Judiciary and Oversight Committees sent a letter to the FBI formally requesting a perjury investigation. The letter is non-binding, rather simply a “demand.”
In part, the letter reads, as reported by The Hill:
‘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. In light of those contradictions, the Department should investigate and determine whether to prosecute Secretary Clinton for violating statutes that prohibit perjury and false statements to Congress, or any other relevant statutes’
Of course, with no comment on the ethics of Clinton’s usage of her unsecured email for classified information, there is no way to either confirm or deny what Comey and Clinton’s other legal backers claim in her defense. In truth, nobody will ever know if Clinton knew or didn’t know what the little letter “c” embedded in the email meant.
And the fact that Congressional Republicans are still going after her anyway, spending money by the millions, is telling as to where the GOP leadership’s priorities lie.
The only tangible result of the investigation, should it in fact proceed, will be a further smear campaign against Clinton. While US Representative Trey Gowdy and others work up a frenzy attacking Clinton, Americans are still dying from gun violence every hour.