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GOP Faces Longshot to Make Perjury Case Against Clinton

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By    |   Friday, 19 Aug 2016 10:08 AM

Republicans might get some political impact out of bringing a perjury case against Hillary Clinton, but legal ramifications for the Democratic nominee are not likely, experts told The Hill.

The House Oversight Committee, led by GOP Reps. Bob Goodlatte and Jason Chaffetz, plans to summon the FBI — including Director James Comey — to a hearing next month to explore Clinton's statements on four key issues that were in direct contradiction to what the FBI turned up in its year-long investigation into her private email system as secretary of state.

Politically, extending the story of Clinton's honesty — or lack thereof — in the public eye with the November election looming could serve the GOP well. Legally, Republicans would need to prove Clinton knowingly lied under oath, and that's not an endeavor the Justice Department is likely to take on, The Hill reports.

"There's no way the Department of Justice would touch a case like that," Stephen Ryan, a former federal prosecutor and general counsel for the Democratic-run Senate Government Affairs Committee told The Hill. "There's just no appeal to this case, other than the political appeal."

In the September hearing, Republicans plan to explore Clinton's assertions that they believe are lies when put side-by-side with the FBI's findings into her private email server:

  • Whether Clinton sent/received classified emails;
  • Whether Clinton's attorneys reviewed each email on her private server;
  • Whether there was more than one private server that stored State Department emails;
  • Whether she provided all of her work emails to the State Department.

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Republicans might get some political impact out of bringing a perjury case against Hillary Clinton, but legal ramifications for the Democratic nominee are not likely, experts told The Hill.
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