It’s not news that Eric Holder is often the source of dishonesty. It is news, however, that his dishonesty appears to have spilled over into an under-oath situation. As we reported last night, Holder personally approved the phone hacking of Fox News employees. Keep this in mind as you read on.

Here is what Holder said during testimony before Congress last week.

“First of all you’ve got a long way to go to try to prosecute the press for publication of material. This has not fared well in American history… In regard to potential prosecution of the press for the disclosure of material. This is not something I’ve ever been involved in, heard of, or would think would be wise policy.

If Holder did indeed personally approve of the DOJ’s phone record hacking activity against Fox News, then his statement that he had never been involved in such activity is, in fact, a lie.

holder-ericBy definition this is perjury. And Perjury is a crime.

Perjury, also known as forswearing, is the willful act of swearing a false oath or of falsifying an affirmation to tell the truth, whether spoken or in writing, concerning matters material to an official proceeding.[1][A] That is, the witness falsely promises to tell the truth about matters which affect the outcome of the proceeding. For example, it is not considered perjury to lie about one’s age unless age is a factor in determining the legal result, such as eligibility for old age retirement benefits.

Perjury is considered a serious offense as it can be used to usurp the power of the courts, resulting in miscarriages of justice. In the United States, for example, the general perjury statute under Federal law classifies perjury as a felony and provides for a prison sentence of up to five years.[2] On the other hand, the California Penal Code allows for perjury to be a capital offense in cases causing wrongful execution. However prosecutions for perjury are rare.[3] In some countries such as France and Italy, suspects cannot be heard under oath or affirmation and thus cannot commit perjury, regardless of what they say during their trial.

The rules for perjury also apply when a person has made a statement under penalty of perjury, even if the person has not been sworn or affirmed as a witness before an appropriate official. An example of this is the United States’ income tax return, which, by law, must be signed as true and correct under penalty of perjury (see 26 U.S.C. § 6065). Federal tax law provides criminal penalties of up to three years in prison for violation of the tax return perjury statute. See: 26 U.S.C. § 7206(1)

Statements which entail an interpretation of fact are not perjury because people often draw inaccurate conclusions unwittingly, or make honest mistakes without the intent to deceive. Individuals may have honest but mistaken beliefs about certain facts, or their recollection may be inaccurate, or may have a different perception of what is the accurate way to state the truth. Like most other crimes in the common law system, to be convicted of perjury one must have had the intention (mens rea) to commit the act, and to have actually committed the act (actus reus). Further, statements that are facts cannot be considered perjury, even if they might arguably constitute an omission, and it is not perjury to lie about matters immaterial to the legal proceeding.

Subornation of perjury, attempting to induce another person to perjure themselves, is itself a crime.

  • federalist frank

    Too much talk it is obvious they are lying , we need action . Boehner

  • unknown3rdparty

    We the People want to see heads roll.

    And there are lots of heads involved in all of these scandals … Obama, Biden, Clinton at the top, as well as the respective heads of the IRS, EPA, and countless other bureaucratic bungles.

  • Fred Reames

    He is trying to prosecute the people who released the classified information “to the press” not the press. read his statement again.

    • Jim Fulcher

      Whats your point? Does your thinking make what he did okay?

      • Fred Reames

        I guess you can’t read or you would understand my point.

    • http://libertynews.com/ Eric Odom

      Who ever said he was trying to prosecute the press? Pull your foot out of your mouth, please.

      • Scott Skeesick

        Holder signed off on the warrant labeling the press member as a co-conspriator.

        • http://libertynews.com/ Eric Odom

          Holder signed off on a warrant that gave the DOJ a green light to roam through a reporter’s personal email and phone records.

          • Scott Skeesick

            Yes, even the Daily Kos is reporting it.

      • Fred Reames

        You must not be able to read either as you don’t understand his statement. At least it’s my foot and not my head up my #@#@#.

  • disqus_lJpzo1DMyh

    he needs to hang.

    • http://www.facebook.com/kenneth.michael.94 Kenneth Michael

      The sooner the better !! Send him back to hell from where he was spawned !!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rosemary-Malloy/100002166199056 Rosemary Malloy

    That’s the nuisance of a lie, you just can’t keep track of which one and when you told it.
    It’s a damned nuisance I tell you.

  • Over_the_top56

    Some how I think Bush has got to be at the bottom of all this

  • barry60x

    Lying is part of the job description for US Attorney General. Reno, Ashcroft, Gonzales and now Holder have done their part to uphold the fine, storied tradition of deceiving the American people and abusing their limitless (and growing) power.

    • OhioHistorian

      Accusations have been made against all. Which ones are proven? This may be the first one that can be proven, IF they have the smoking gun on him approving it.

  • OhioHistorian

    Let’s prosecute him. Can we get treble time for bad behavior?

  • messup

    In Mr. Holders day before the commission investigating the IRS scandal he was asked pointedly if he had any knowledge of the actions and activities practiced by the IRS in targeting specific organizations and individual filers for tax exempt status.
    Mr. Holder invoked his “I don’t know” defense 62 times…one of which was to this specific question. NBC reporters supplied, to the very same commission, a copy of a signed document by Mr. Holder authorizing actions be taken against any conservative organization filing for exemptions as well as against conservative individuals.
    This is lying under oath caught on video. Perjury by America’s highest law enforcement official. This penalty carries with it a maximum sentence of 5 years in jail. Other penalties may also be levied should aggregious infractions of pertinent laws and rules be substantiated.
    Obama’s cabinet and officials falling just like dominoes…yes, Mayor Daly’s Chicago-style thuggery, Obama mafiosos tried to nationalize, just met its match…THE US CONSTITUTION.
    God Bless America. Pray. Amen. Time to put away the biggest mafioso of them all…Obama, who WAS born in Kenya.