Congressman Amash: "Mr. Clapper should resign immediately"
Congressman Justin Amash
Patrick Center June 12, 2013 | WGVU On his Facebook page, Republican Congressman Justin Amash on Wednesday posted this message: “It now appears clear that the Director of National intelligence, James Clapper, lied under oath to Congress and the American people. Members of Congress can’t make informed decisions on intelligence issues when the head of the intelligence community willfully makes false statements. Perjury is a serious crime. Mr. Clapper should resign immediately.”
“He clearly lied under oath. There’s no doubt about it.”
I talked with the Ada Township Congressman about Director Clapper’s March 12th exchange with Oregon Democrat, Senator Ron Wyden who asked Clapper if the National Security Agency was spying on Americans?
“Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans? No, sir. It does not? Not wittingly. There are cases where they could inadvertently perhaps collect but not wittingly.”
“Senator Wyden told him in advance that this question was going to be asked in committee. And he also allowed Mr. Clapper to amend his answer after the answer was given. If you’re asked a question in committee under oath that you can’t answer because the information is classified, you have a duty to say, ‘I can’t answer that’ or ‘that information is classified’ or even something like, ‘I’ll get back to you on that.” But you do not have the authority under the law to just lie. You can’t tell the American people and members of Congress, ‘No, they’re not spying on you’ when in fact they are.”
Amash says the head of National Security should resign and face charges for lying to Congress Wednesday, NSA Director, Keith Alexander, defended the programs at a Senate hearing explaining the surveillance programs disrupted dozens of terrorist events
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