"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
matter.

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''.

SEC. 2. RESTORING FALSE STATEMENTS PROHIBITION.

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

``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
willfully--
``(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
both.
``(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]]

SEC. 3. CLARIFYING PROHIBITION ON OBSTRUCTING CONGRESS.

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
subsection:

``(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.''.

SEC. 4. ENFORCING SENATE SUBPOENA.

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''.

SEC. 5. COMPELLING TRUTHFUL TESTIMONY FROM IMMUNIZED
WITNESS.

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.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--H.R. 3166 (S. 1734):

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)

https://www.congress.gov/104/plaws/publ292/PLAW-104publ292.pdf

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

https://www.investmentwatchblog.com/will-trump-rescind-the-law-that...

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

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