Sunday, January 21, 2018
James Clapper will skate on his perjury to Congress if not charged by March 13
The following article appeared in the American Thinker on January 20th
Deep State stalwart James Clapper provably lied to Congress on a matter of substantive importance, yet he was never charged with perjury. In less than two months, the statute of limitations will excuse him from any criminal liability if he is not charged with lying to Congress. Jonathan Turley, a liberal law professor who is honest, explains the outrageous process by which a "made man" (his term) escapes prosecution for crimes that less connected others would be imprisoned for committing.
Former National Intelligence
[d]irector James Clapper is about celebrate one of the
most important anniversaries of his life. March 13 will be
the fifth anniversary of his commission of open perjury before the Senate
Intelligence Committee. More importantly, it also happens to be when
the statute of limitations runs out – closing any
possibility of prosecution for Clapper. As the clock runs out on the
Clapper prosecution, Democrats like Sen.
Cory Booker (D-N.J.) have charged that Homeland
Security [s]ecretary Kirstjen Nielsen committed
perjury when she insisted that she could not recall if President
Donald Trump called Haiti and African countries a vulgar term. The
fact is that perjury is not simply tolerated, [but] rewarded in
Washington. In a city of made men and women, nothing says loyalty
quite as much as lying under oath.
Even in a city with a notoriously fluid notion of truth, Clapper's false testimony was a standout. Clapper appeared before the Senate to discuss surveillance programs in the midst of a controversy over warrantless surveillance of the American public. He was asked directly, "Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions, or hundreds of millions of Americans?" There was no ambiguity or confusion and Clapper responded, "No, sir. … Not wittingly." That was a lie and Clapper knew it when he said it.
The entire article is well worth a read. Turley pulls no punches:
The expiration of the statute of limitations for Clapper will have the benefit of conclusively establishing that some people in this city are above the law.
I have my fingers crossed that the Department of Justice will not let a Deep State operative skate on this crime and establish the principle Turley fears.