Sensenbrenner: Clapper needs to be prosecuted for lying to Congress

posted at 3:31 pm on December 6, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Another shot fired from the author of the PATRIOT Act, and this one a lot more specific and aggressive than the one James Sensenbrenner launched in June. At that point, with the scope of the NSA’s domestic surveillance under Sensenbrenner’s law exposed, the former Congressman demanded an end to abuse of its provisions. Today, Sensenbrenner wants more concrete consequences, starting with prosecution of DNI James Clapper for lying to Congress (via Glenn Greenwald):

Rep. James Sensenbrenner Jr., the original author of the Patriot Act, says Director of National Intelligence James Clapper should be prosecuted for lying to Congress.

“Lying to Congress is a federal offense, and Clapper ought to be fired and prosecuted for it,” the Wisconsin Republican said in an interview with The Hill.

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He said the Justice Department should prosecute Clapper for giving false testimony during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing in March.

Sensenbrenner’s first salvo came just a couple of days after Clapper’s earlier testimony came under fire.  Clapper had been asked by Senator Ron Wyden in March whether NSA did bulk collection of American communications, and Clapper denied it. After getting caught, Clapper insisted that he gave the “least untruthful” answer possible in a public hearing.  However, Wyden countered by revealing that he gave Clapper 24 hours warning on the question — and Clapper could have replied to it by asking for a closed session to discuss the scope of NSA surveillance.

Sensenbrenner isn’t impressed with Clapper’s excuse, either:

Sensenbrenner said that explanation doesn’t hold water and argued the courts and Congress depend on accurate testimony to do their jobs.

“The only way laws are effective is if they’re enforced,” Sensenbrenner said. “If it’s a criminal offense — and I believe Mr. Clapper has committed a criminal offense — then the Justice Department ought to do its job.”

Is the DoJ ready to “do its job” regarding Clapper and his testimony on the NSA? It probably depends on the result of the investigation ordered by Barack Obama into the scandal. The man in charge of that investigation is, of course, James Clapper. In fact, it’s been almost four months since Clapper received that assignment.  Have we heard anything about that probe since?  Not really, but we can certainly be confident that James Clapper will get to the bottom of what James Clapper knew about NSA surveillance and what James Clapper did to limit its reach against Americans.

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Indeed, Holder too.

Schadenfreude on December 6, 2013 at 3:31 PM

Plus, Goebbels laughs his dead azz off.

1. Snowden

2. Syria/Putin

3. obama’care’

The 3 that broke obama’s thin neck…not to diminish F & F, Benghazi and the IRS travesty, but the 3 did him in.

Schadenfreude on December 6, 2013 at 3:33 PM

OT but not by much

Last summer on his $100 million family tour of Africa, Barack Obama hoped for a priceless photo op with Nelson Mandela, the ailing freedom pioneer who went from prison cell to the presidency of South Africa in one of modern history’s more remarkable national — and personal — transformations.

Mandela’s family suggested that wasn’t going to happen.

What a buffoon is chief!

Schadenfreude on December 6, 2013 at 3:34 PM

Is the DoJ ready to “do its job” regarding Clapper and his testimony on the NSA? It probably depends on the result of the investigation ordered by Barack Obama into the scandal.

Laugh of the day. There are so many in this regime who need to be prosecuted for lying to Congress as well as various other laws. It would be full employment for prosecutors and judges.

rbj on December 6, 2013 at 3:35 PM

really Congressman!?? REALLY!!!??

You don’t say!!

You got a parking lot full of Fu*king Liars from
this Administration, and how many have had charges
filed against them???

ZERO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ToddPA on December 6, 2013 at 3:37 PM

Not a chance. Prosecute Clapper for lying before congress and the dam is broken. The number of administration poobahs who who would have to charged and tried would be never ending.

The next move would be baseless charges from the the left taking valuable time and money from many on the right.

No end to it.

FOWG1 on December 6, 2013 at 3:38 PM

yes. and also holder and sebelius and lois lerner and henry chao and marilyn tavenner.

if appointees and bureaucrats think they can lie to Congress then they are no longer accountable to the congress, ergo they are no longer accountable to the people and we no longer live in a nation of laws.

reliapundit on December 6, 2013 at 3:39 PM

Clappers pretty much a Muslim so he should be golden.

BL@KBIRD on December 6, 2013 at 3:41 PM

Did someone ask if the DoJ is going to do its job?

Why start now? If Clapper’s black, he’ll definitely get a pass. If he’s white, and Obama needs cover for his latest screwup (take your pick), then Clapper will go under the bus like all the previous folks who’ve been expendable to salvage the CinC’s “legacy.”

Wino on December 6, 2013 at 3:42 PM

we can certainly be confident that James Clapper will get to the bottom of what James Clapper knew about NSA surveillance and what James Clapper did to limit its reach against Americans.

Somehow, I don’t think that is going to happen. Just a feeling.

iurockhead on December 6, 2013 at 3:47 PM

OT (file this under “dem’s are getting desperate”:

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kcewa on December 6, 2013 at 3:47 PM

This is why conservatives/Libertarians opposed the patriot act in the first place. The law would be abused as different administrations come and go.

portlandon on December 6, 2013 at 3:51 PM

Clapper needs to be prosecuted for lying to Congress.

Yes. He does.

Will he?

Not a chance.

coldwarrior on December 6, 2013 at 3:51 PM

Our laws mean nothing anymore do they? Dems know they have to keep the plates spinning in the air or it all comes down.

DanMan on December 6, 2013 at 3:52 PM

Don’t worry. If a case needs to be brought to court on any of this no one other that James Clapper has standing to do so.

yenober on December 6, 2013 at 3:53 PM

We are really SUCH a banana republic these days.

bofh on December 6, 2013 at 3:58 PM

What terrorist attack?

BobMbx on December 6, 2013 at 3:58 PM

We should put bo in a coma for the last two weeks of his presidency to prevent the wholesale pardons of all his administration.

tim c on December 6, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Remember that these laws are NOT designed to prosecute BUT are written by lying and crooks to protect lying and crooks. The only thing that can save the Union is a complete reboot. It will come all that is needed is a leader to stand up and be counted.

jpcpt03 on December 6, 2013 at 4:09 PM

tim c on December 6, 2013 at 4:00 PM

Just imagine the impact a Star Trek-like transporter could have on the world. There’s a rather long list of folks who, if it were my machine, would find themselves materializing on the dark side of the moon.

Beam me up, Bobby.

BobMbx on December 6, 2013 at 4:09 PM

He said the Justice Department should prosecute Clapper for giving false testimony during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing in March.

LOL.

This just illustrates the point that the whole junta has to go – go to jail. But … since these treasonous criminal douchebags (and their Indonesian) have been pulling this same anti-American, un-Constitutional acts for YEARS, now … no one believes that anything will be done. Heck, the Vichy GOP (and even the few decent people in the GOP) are still afraid to talk about impeaching Barky, even as the Articles of Impeachment are well into their 4th volume, already. Heck … the butch softball player lied to Congress (to the Senate committee) and she was punished with a seat on the SCOTASS.

There ain’t nothing left, folks. Just this sick joke that stumbles on, stopping to puke on itself every few feet. If anyone wants an American Constitutional Republic to exist, again, it’s going to have to be created. This nation will never support that. It’s shown that it’s far too easy for everything to just be thrown away and forgotten in order to alleviate a little bit of delusional white guilt and to give the real America-haters infesting this nation the power to take us all down. They did. Easily. With the most inept, incompetent, retarded tool they could find. Fitting, I guess …

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on December 6, 2013 at 4:11 PM

Is the DoJ ready to “do its job” regarding Clapper and his testimony on the NSA?

Hahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!

Only if Clapper is now a registered Republican.

GarandFan on December 6, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Basically, the Republicans are completely paralyzed.
They figure that, as it stands now, they have a decent chance of succeeding in the 2014 elections.
And they know that the Media are anxiously awaiting any opportunity, real or created, to hammer them relentlessly prior to those elections.
So they figure that the best thing to do is … nothing.
For which, incidentally, the Media will hammer them relentlessly.

justltl on December 6, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Yeah, let’s start with him.

Akzed on December 6, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Every day, some new amazing thing happens. Assuming the Republic survives I look forward to reading history’s verdict of his era.

MTF on December 6, 2013 at 4:14 PM

Clapper told a pretty bold faced brazen lie under oath. He didn’t leave himself any wiggle room. And on top of that he’s admitted it was a lie. That he wasn’t prosecuted is hard evidence that congressional hearings are a dog and pony show. Of course, if I lied to them then my life would be ruined. But I’m not a member of the inner party so …America is done people. What you remember – equal protection – free speech – individual initiative – representative government – it’s over. Pack it up.

BoxHead1 on December 6, 2013 at 4:20 PM

Meanwhile … Clapper was unanimously confirmed by the douchebags in the Senate – Vichy GOP included … and that was long after everyone with even half a brain knew that Clapper was a lying, America-hating SackOS.

Of course, that same can be said about pretty much all of Barky’s nominees who were confirmed by the “cohorting” Senate douchebags.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on December 6, 2013 at 4:22 PM

They did. Easily. With the most inept, incompetent, retarded tool they could find. Fitting, I guess …

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on December 6, 2013 at 4:11 PM

Agree with one exception.
Actually, Obama is the shining star of the Democrats and Leftists.
Which is kinda like being the smartest kid in Special Ed.

justltl on December 6, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Assuming the Republic survives [...]

MTF on December 6, 2013 at 4:14 PM

Too late. That train left the station long ago. You live in the American Socialist Superstate, now, run by the retarded whim of our very own Sukarno clone.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on December 6, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Today, Sensenbrenner wants more concrete consequences, starting with prosecution of DNI James Clapper for lying to Congress (via Glenn Greenwald):
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That would be a start, in this ClusterFark!!

canopfor on December 6, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Both the now Orwellian named DOJ and NSA are crime syndicates.

VorDaj on December 6, 2013 at 4:38 PM

Is the DoJ ready to “do its job” regarding Clapper and his testimony on the NSA?

ROTFLMAO!

Not only because it depends on what Clapper finds out he’s been doing but also because the IC believes that it really isn’t illegal if you violate civil rights on a massive scale. In other words, targeting an individual and track their activities through e-mail, cell phone use, or even location….. well that is illegal. But when you do it packaged as metadata with millions of others? Nothing wrong with that at all!

Pleading “least untruthful” is perjury. He should have been fired and prosecuted months ago.

Happy Nomad on December 6, 2013 at 5:08 PM

Attach an amendment to every bill in the congress to reauthorize the United States Office of the Independent Counsel.

meci on December 6, 2013 at 5:12 PM

“Clapper needs to be prosecuted for lying to Congress”

…WON’T HAPPEN. Why? It would set a president that would demand that EVERY OBOZO regime current and former (SHRILLARY) criminal that blatantly, knowingly lied to congress be prosecuted – and there isn’t enough courts or judges in the country to handle that many cases.

TeaPartyNation on December 6, 2013 at 5:19 PM

Well if the ones lied to are members of the injured party, which is to say the lies, then they can hire a prosecutor all on their lonesome.

I would suggest impeachment, but Harry Reid loves liars that lie to Congress so that isn’t going to happen.

ajacksonian on December 6, 2013 at 5:40 PM

Is the DoJ ready to “do its job” regarding Clapper and his testimony on the NSA? It probably depends on the result of the investigation ordered by Barack Obama into the scandal.

Amazingly, I already know the answer to that question. I’m just magic that way.

AUINSC on December 6, 2013 at 5:51 PM

Shall we add his name to the long list that Darrell Issa and Eric Holder won’t be doing a damn thing about?

What a joke.

Hill60 on December 6, 2013 at 5:59 PM

Absolutely!

Another Drew on December 6, 2013 at 6:24 PM

If everyone here who says that this prosecution will never happen would just sit down and write their Representative, and Senators, in favor of such a prosecution, perhaps something could be done.
It is obvious that absent any public outcry, the Congress will ignore the problem.

Another Drew on December 6, 2013 at 6:27 PM

I am positive that Holder will get right on this. Not. The GOP is as gutless as this administration is lawless. Welcome, Comrades to the USSA.

ghostwalker1 on December 6, 2013 at 7:17 PM

Sensenbrenner: Clapper needs to be prosecuted for lying to Congress

Clapper and several others, but the lying Democrats are blessed having the “Go along & Get along” Republicans as their opponents, so it’s just happy sailing into a beautiful morning for Democrats.

RJL on December 6, 2013 at 7:32 PM

Someone prosecuted? In the Dear Leader’s administration? HAHAHAHAHAHA!

By whom? Holder? HAHAHAHAHAHA!

Chessplayer on December 6, 2013 at 8:14 PM

….can we make a citizens arrest?

KOOLAID2 on December 6, 2013 at 9:08 PM

Sensenbrenner is right to focus on this individual because he was the most obvious and cynical of lying witnesses in recent memory.

He made no attempt to hide his scorn of the inquiry and was clearly lying under oath. Inquiries are meaningless if witnesses are permitted to conduct themselves this way.

virgo on December 7, 2013 at 12:33 AM