Hillary lied to congress Martha Stewart lied to investigators.
Lying To Investigators Can A Be Felony, Court Rules Federal Law Forbids Making False Statements To Government
People who lie to government agencies to
potentially incriminating questions can be convicted of felonies the
Supreme Court ruled in 1998
By a 7-2 vote, the court upheld a former New York union official’s
conviction for lying to federal investigators who questioned him about
taking illegal cash payments.
James Brogan was convicted under a broadly worded federal law that
forbids knowingly making “any false, fictitious or fraudulent
statements or representations” to the government, even without being
On December 27, in a
cell-phone call with her broker’s assistant, on an airport tarmac on her
way to Mexico for a vacation, Stewart sold 3,928 shares of ImClone, the
biotechnology company, for roughly $229,500. By selling when she heard
that its owner, her friend Sam Waksal, was unloading his shares—and
before the news became public that ImClone failed to win approval for
one of its drugs—she avoided a loss of around $50,000.
And for that relatively
minor savings, she would pay with a federal conviction for conspiracy,
obstruction of justice, and lying to investigators; five months in
federal prison in Alderson, West Virginia; five months of home
confinement; and a five-year ban on serving as an officer or director of
her company, which would last until late September 2011.
The decision to prosecute Hillary Clinton will come down to a question
of her intent and belief at the time she testified before Congress.
Most reports indicate that Congress’ referral is focused on at least
three of Clinton’s statements: (1) that she did not have any classified
material on her server; (2) her claim that there was only one server;
and (3) her claim lawyers went through every email in full to determine
what was work related.
The key issue will be whether Clinton knew the statements was false at
the time she made it — or if the statement was made with a reckless
disregard for the truth.But here’s the reality: Prosecutors rarely go after individuals for
lying to Congress. A Quinnipiac law review article mentioned earlier
found only six people have been successfully convicted of lying to
Congress between the 1940s and the mid-2000s.It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone to convict Hillary Clinton.