Clarence Thomas as Bill Clinton?
reynolds at LIBRA.LAW.UTK.EDU
Wed Oct 10 14:30:38 PDT 2001
Because witnesses before Congress are not normally sworn, the charge is not
perjury but violation of the False Statements Act, 18 USC 1001. My former
colleague and sometime coauthor Peter Morgan wrote a superb article on this:
"The Undefined Crime of Lying to Congress: Ethics Reform and the Rule of Law,"
86 Nw. U. L. Rev. 177 (1992).
> Sanford Levinson wrote:
> > Perhaps Thomas should be impeached for having committed perjury before the
> > Senate. (We know that's a crime because Eliot Abrams and Richard Helms
> > both pleaded guilty to having done it . . . .
> I haven't checked the facts on Helms, but Abrams certainly did not plead
> guilty to perjury.
> Nelson Lund
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