In the case of Director of National Intelligence James Clapper being “clearly erroneous” in his testimony, perjury has never entered the equation. The same sort of “error” on the part of the less privileged would clearly become a case of perjury. Mr. Clapper’s lying testimony was given to the Congress of the United States of America, no less. If you happened to be on the staff of President Trump and made an error in testimony, you would be perp-walked out of the White House and jailed. Here is what Clapper is getting away with.
As Written and Reported By Rick Moran for the American Thinker:
In 2013, former director of National Intelligence James Clapper testified under oath before Congress about the mass surveillance of U.S. citizens. The following year, Edward Snowden’s document dump revealed that Clapper had lied to Congress about the extent of the program.
Clapper admitted that his testimony was “clearly erroneous.” For five years, the Department of Justice has dithered about whether to charge Clapper with perjury. Today, the statute of limitations on the crime of lying to Congress will expire, and there’s no sign that DoJ plans on prosecuting him.
“He admitted to lying to Congress and was unremorseful and flippant about it,” Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., told the Washington Examiner. “The integrity of our federal government is at stake because his behavior sets the standard for the entire intelligence community.”
“Political consideration should not affect the Department of Justice from pursuing this matter,” Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., said ahead of the deadline. “Complete and truthful testimony is imperative for Congress to conduct effective oversight. It is clear from the evidence and Director Clapper’s own admission that he lied.”
Justice Department spokeswoman Nicole Navas Oxman declined to comment on Clapper or how perjury cases typically would be handled, saying in an email, “No comment or information to be….
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