"The large print giveth and the small print taketh away" How members of the US Government are legally allowed to lie.

Public Law No: 104-292 (10/11/1996)

[104th Congress Public Law 292] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office]   <DOC> [DOCID: f:publ292.104]   [[Page 110 STAT. 3459]]

Public Law 104-292
104th Congress

An Act

NOTE: Oct. 11, 1996 - [H.R. 3166]>> To amend title 18, United States
Code, with respect to the crime of false statement in a Government

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled, NOTE: False Statements
Accountability Act of 1996.>>

NOTE: 18 USC 1001 note.>> SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ``False Statements Accountability Act
of 1996''.


Section 1001 of title 18, United States Code, is amended to read as

``Sec. 1001. Statements or entries generally

``(a) Except as otherwise provided in this section, whoever, in any
matter within the jurisdiction of the executive, legislative, or
judicial branch of the Government of the United States, knowingly and
``(1) falsifies, conceals, or covers up by any trick,
scheme, or device a material fact;
``(2) makes any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent
statement or representation; or
``(3) makes or uses any false writing or document knowing
the same to contain any materially false, fictitious, or
fraudulent statement or entry;

shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 5 years, or
``(b) Subsection (a) does not apply to a party to a judicial
proceeding, or that party's counsel, for statements, representations,
writings or documents submitted by such party or counsel to a judge or
magistrate in that proceeding.
``(c) With respect to any matter within the jurisdiction of the
legislative branch, subsection (a) shall apply only to--
``(1) administrative matters, including a claim for payment,
a matter related to the procurement of property or services,
personnel or employment practices, or support services, or a
document required by law, rule, or regulation to be submitted to
the Congress or any office or officer within the legislative
branch; or
``(2) any investigation or review, conducted pursuant to the
authority of any committee, subcommittee, commission or office
of the Congress, consistent with applicable rules of the House
or Senate.''.

[[Page 110 STAT. 3460]]


Section 1515 of title 18, United States Code, is amended--
(1) by redesignating subsection (b) as subsection (c); and
(2) by inserting after subsection (a) the following new

``(b) As used in section 1505, the term `corruptly' means acting
with an improper purpose, personally or by influencing another,
including making a false or misleading statement, or withholding,
concealing, altering, or destroying a document or other information.''.


Section 1365(a) of title 28, United States Code, is amended in the
second sentence, by striking ``Federal Government acting within his
official capacity'' and inserting ``executive branch of the Federal
Government acting within his or her official capacity, except that this
section shall apply if the refusal to comply is based on the assertion
of a personal privilege or objection and is not based on a governmental
privilege or objection the assertion of which has been authorized by the
executive branch of the Federal Government''.


Section 6005 of title 18, United States Code, is amended--
(1) in subsection (a), by inserting ``or ancillary to''
after ``any proceeding before''; and
(2) in subsection (b)--
(A) in paragraphs (1) and (2), by inserting ``or
ancillary to'' after ``a proceeding before'' each place
that term appears; and
(B) in paragraph (3), by adding a period at the end.

Approved October 11, 1996.


So section B complete contravenes section A allowing members of the government to legally lie.-RP

H.R. 3166 (104th): False Statements Accountability Act of 1996 (.pdf file)


Investment Watch Blog: "Will Trump Rescind the Law That Allows Members of Congress to Legally Lie?"


"No one goes to jail in the swamp because it is legal to lie"


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