A group of seven House Republicans have fired off a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder in which they urged the Justice Department to investigate whether Director of National Intelligence James Clapper lied in congressional testimony.
“Congressional oversight depends on truthful testimony—witnesses cannot be allowed to lie to Congress,” the House Republicans wrote to Holder on Thursday. “Accordingly, we request you investigate Director of National Intelligence James Clapper’s ‘erroneous’ statements to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence earlier this year.”
The seven Republicans who signed the letter are Reps. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), Darrell Issa (R-CA), Trent Franks (R-AZ), Blake Farenthold (R-TX), Trey Gowdy (R-SC), Raul Labrador (R-ID) and Ted Poe (R-TX).
Clapper was asked a very direct question by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing in March: “Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?”
“No, sir,” replied Clapper. Still, Wyden pressed him. Clapper again denied that the NSA was collecting data on Americans, saying, “Not wittingly. There are cases where they could inadvertently perhaps collect, but not wittingly.”