After verifiable proof that former U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper lied under oath, top Republicans are calling for him to be charged criminally.
In March 2013, Clapper told the Senate Intelligence Committee that the National Security Agency had “not wittingly” collected “any type of data at all” on millions of Americans through their spy programs.
That is a complete lie, and Republicans want him held accountable for telling such an egregious fabrication.
Because of the congressional statute of limitations, lawmakers have until March 12 to charge Clapper for lying before Congress when he said the NSA – which works in unison with the DNI – was not unlawfully collecting private information on millions of Americans.
Texas Republican Rep. Ted Poe is one of many congressman calling for Clapper to face harsh consequences for lying under oath to the American people.
The time for the Department of Justice and the FBI to bring the accusations against James Clapper in front of a grand jury is long overdue. He and others who have held administrative power must be held accountable to the same laws that govern the people of the United States.
Kentucky Republican Rep. Thomas Massie agrees, adding that there’s a new focus to root out government corruption from Deep State actors and former President Barack Obama’s holdovers.
“Yes, he should be prosecuted. He admitted to lying to Congress and was unremorseful and flippant about it. The integrity of our federal government is at stake because his behavior sets the standard for the entire intelligence community,” Massie said.
He added: “The same goes for James Comey, who secretly leaked documents that he was not legally permitted to release.”
Wisconsin Republican Rep. James Sensenbrenner followed suit by saying the Obama-appointee serves as the perfect example of the kind of corruption President Donald Trump wants to remove from government.
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 to the Senate intelligence committee. Political consideration should not affect the Department of Justice from pursuing this matter. That was true in 2013 when it happened and remains true today.
With numerous investigations into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Obama’s FBI and DOJ being investigated for abuse of power, the American people are finally seeing corrupt actors held accountable for their actions.
Clapper deserves prison for lying to the American people.
Source: Conservative Institute