James Clapper avoids charges for “clearly erroneous” surveillance testimony (The rules are different for the crony class)


He got away with it. The statute of limitations ran out on lying to Congress, and the Department of Justice let it run out.

(From The Washington Examiner)

The under-oath untruth* was exposed by National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, who sparked national debate on surveillance policy with leaks to the press.

Many members of Congress, mostly Republicans supportive of new limits on electronic surveillance, called for Clapper to be prosecuted as the deadline neared, saying unpunished perjury jeopardizes the ability of Congress to perform oversight.

“He admitted to lying to Congress and was unremorseful and flippant about it,” Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., told the Washington Examiner. “The integrity of our federal government is at stake because his behavior sets the standard for the entire intelligence community.”

“Political consideration should not affect the Department of Justice from pursuing this matter,” Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., said ahead of the deadline. “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.”

What is particularly sad to me is that there are people in the government who are happy that Clapper lied to Congress and the American people. They applaud his actions as they think the rules SHOULD be different for the deep state and for everyday people. This is very dangerous but the attitude is probably widespread in Washington DC.

Yet another example of people in government forgetting that they fundamentally work for US, the American people.

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*Is that what we’re calling it?