House Republicans formally asked federal prosecutors on Monday to investigate whether Hillary Clinton lied to Congress about classified information on her private email server.
The letter from Reps. Robert W. Goodlatte, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, seeks an investigation into whether Clinton committed perjury and made false statements when testifying under oath before a joint committee last October.
“The evidence collected by the FBI during its investigation of Secretary Clinton’s use of a personal email system appears to directly contradict several aspects of her sworn testimony,” according to the letter.
“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.”
A leading House Democrat criticized the Republican move as a “desperate attempt to keep this issue alive and bring down Secretary Clinton’s poll numbers.”
“Republicans are so frustrated with the FBI’s unanimous decision that they are now completely unloading on Secretary Clinton with everything they’ve got—right before the presidential conventions,” Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings said in a statement.
“They don’t have a case,” Cummings, the ranking Democrat on Oversight Committee, told reporters Monday night.