"A House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing regarding the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) inquiry of the potential mishandling of classified information has renewed questions about the process by which offenses against Congress are prosecuted. In the hearing, FBI Director James Comey indicated that in order for the FBI to investigate a potential incident of a witness providing false testimony under oath to a congressional committee, the FBI would need a “referral” from Congress. Chairman Jason Chaffetz sent such a referral several days after the hearing. Director Comey’s comment raises questions about the interplay between the executive branch and Congress with regard to prosecuting crimes that are intended to protect the integrity of the legislative and oversight processes..."
Congressional criminal offenses