Lying to Congress is Illegal

Senators Schumer, of New York, and Feinstein, of California, today ran down the lies Bush administration officials have told to Congress during it’s investigation of the political firings of the 8 US Attorneys General.

It is illegal to lie to Congress during “any investigation or review, conducted pursuant to the authority of any committee, subcommittee, commission or office of the Congress, consistent with applicable rules of the House or Senate.” The penalty is five years in prison, unless the matter deals with terrorism, in which case the penalty is eight years.

What do you suppose the chances of any of the liars spending any time?

By the way I’ve often thought there should be a Constitutional Amendment that establishes that the penalty for any elected or appointed government official lying to the USA public should be the same as that which applies to members of the public lying to Congress.



Filed under Alberto Gonzales, Bush, Lying to Congrfess

3 responses to “Lying to Congress is Illegal

  1. Maybe they can get Torture Boy on lying to Congress. I’d rather they get him on the actual crimes he’s committed, but I’ll take whatever I can get.

  2. Greetings PoliticalCritic,
    Thanks for stopping by.

    Considering both Bush and Cheney have committed numerous impeachable offenses (far more egregious affronts to the Constitution than lying to the pubic about a blow job), with impunity, and the Congress has done absolutely nothing about it I doubt that Gonzales will, let alone his bosses, suffer any sanctions.

  3. Joseph

    Yes, while Bush and Cheney have done things worthy of impeachment also, that doesn’t lessen Clinton’s crime any less. The Presidents, when sworn in, are taking an oath to: to the best of his ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States, which he failed miserably at doing, and sure, the world isn’t fair but that doesn’t mean that Clinton can be passed off because someone new is here.

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