Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.) asserted on Tuesday that former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonWeek ahead: US raises pressure on WikiLeaks Poll: 85 percent of Clinton supporters would vote for her again OMB director: Government shutdown not a 'desired end' MORE perjured herself when testifying before Congress about her private email server and accused the Obama administration of suppressing the FBI’s investigation.
“That she lied under oath to Congress when she came into testify” before the House Select Committee on Benghazi, Marino responded. “And if she lied, she perjured herself. She lied to Congress, therefore she can be prosecuted and spend as long as 10 years in prison for doing that.”
“The director of the FBI, the Justice Department, in my opinion, they’re taking direction from the White House saying, ‘Do nothing about this,’” he added.
On Monday, Marino led a group of 35 GOP House members in calling on FBI Director James Comey to provide Congress with details on the agency’s interview with the former secretary of State. The FBI sent notes of the interview as part of its report on Tuesday.
That day two other House Republicans, Reps. Bob GoodlatteBob GoodlatteGOP lays out regulatory reform wish list As former Copyright Office leaders, we support an autonomous register of copyrights The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (Va.) and Jason ChaffetzJason ChaffetzHow Chaffetz could get rich on K Street Oversight asks Trump for details on foreign profit donations Jason Chaffetz exploring private sector jobs: report MORE (Utah), chairmen of the Judiciary and Oversight committees, respectively, called on the Justice Department to prosecute Clinton for perjury.
The intensifying attacks from Marino, a supporter of Republican presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald TrumpJudd Gregg: Trump gets his sea legs Week ahead: US raises pressure on WikiLeaks Trump's Hollywood Walk of Fame star defaced MORE, and other GOP members come more than a month after the FBI closed its investigation into the server Clinton used while secretary of State and recommended against pressing charges.
It also coincides with Trump’s plummet in battleground state polls.
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), ranking member of the Oversight Committee, blasted Republicans on Tuesday, calling the new efforts politically motivated.
“The FBI already determined unanimously that there is insufficient evidence of criminal wrongdoing,” Cummings said in a statement. “Republicans are now investigating the investigator in a desperate attempt to resuscitate this issue, keep it in the headlines, and distract from Donald Trump’s sagging poll numbers.”