As Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton continues making excuses about her private email server at the State Department, House Republicans are prepping a perjury case against her for lying to the Select Committee on Benghazi last year.
According to reports, the GOP lawmakers are planning to make Clinton’s Benghazi testimony a central part of a hearing scheduled next month.
Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte and House oversight committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz sent a letter to the Justice Department this week detailing several instances where they believe Clinton lied to Congress.
From the letter: “During a House Select Committee on Benghazi hearing on October 22, 2015, Secretary Clinton testified with respect to whether she sent or received emails that were marked classified at the time; whether her attorneys reviewed each of the emails on her personal email system; whether there was one or more servers that stored work-related emails during her time as secretary of state; and whether she provided all her work-related emails to the Department of State.”
Observers note that the GOP lawmakers will have a tough time convincing the Justice Department to make a case against Clinton, but does keep her trustworthiness on the minds of voters. That’s good news for the GOP nominee as polls continue to show that voters have serious doubts about Clinton’s honesty.
Meanwhile, The New York Times on Friday revealed that Clinton told the FBI she was advised to use a secret private email server by former Secretary of State Colin Powell. No joke.
From the report:
Pressed by the F.B.I. about her email practices at the State Department, Hillary Clinton told investigators that former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell had advised her to use a personal email account … Separately, in a 2009 email exchange that also emerged during the F.B.I. questioning, Mrs. Clinton, who had already decided to use private email, asked Mr. Powell about his email practices when he was the nation’s top diplomat under George W. Bush, according to a person with direct knowledge of Mr. Powell’s appearance in the documents, who would not speak for attribution.
Powell, of course, has no recollection of giving Clinton that advice.
A spokesperson for the official said in a statement: “He did write former Secretary Clinton an email memo describing his use of his personal AOL email account for unclassified messages and how it vastly improved communications within the State Department.”
“At the time there was no equivalent system within the Department. He used a secure State computer on his desk to manage classified information,” the statement continued. “The General no longer has the email he sent to former Secretary Clinton. It may exist in State or FBI files.”