Two Republican House committee chairs on Monday sent a letter to the Justice Department asking for an investigation into whether Hillary Clinton lied to Congress about her email use.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), chairmen of the Oversight and Judiciary committees respectively, wrote in the letter that FBI’s findings on Clinton’s email use appear 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,” they wrote.
Chaffetz hinted that this request would be coming in the Oversight committee’s hearing with FBI Director James Comey last week. When Chaffetz asked Comey whether Clinton lied to Congress during sworn testimony, the FBI director said that a Congressional referral is necessary to investigate that. The Oversight chair then assured Comey that Congress would soon ask for an investigation into whether Clinton lied to Congress.
Clinton had repeatedly said that she did not send classified information over email, including during a Congressional hearing. However, the FBI found that some classified information was sent through Clinton’s private email server.