Republican Pennsylvania Rep. Scott Perry sent a letter to AG Merrick Garland demanding an investigation into Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin for lying to Congress about religious exemptions for Naval personnel.
Perry claimed Austin violated 18 U.S.C. § 1001, which says it is a crime to make a false statement “within the jurisdiction of the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of the Government of the United States.”
Perry wrote the letter after it became known that the Navy had decided not to accept religious exemptions.
In an August 9, 2021 memorandum, from Austin, he said that religious exemptions would be honored even though he knew they would not be because he already knew the Navy had plans to deny all religious exemptions.
In other words, he intentionally meant to deceive people on the Defense Department’s stance.
Perry told the Daily Caller:
“Americans have a word for knowingly misleading or deceiving someone into believing something that the perpetrator knows to be false – fraud. But that’s exactly what this feckless administration has engaged in yet again when they promised to preserve our warriors’ religious rights through exemption, but had absolutely no intention of doing so.”
“On the heels of President Biden’s disaster in Afghanistan, this unconscionable, reprehensible, and outrageous sham is yet another slap in the face to those who protect our Nation and our American way of life.”
But, make no mistake about it. The corrupt Merrick Garland will let this pass and once again the reason why he is not on the Supreme Court. We really dodged a bullet on that one.
“Under 18 U.S.C. § 1001, it is a crime for an individual to ‘knowingly and willfully … make any materially false, fictious, or fraudulent statement or representation’ within the jurisdiction of the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of the Government of the United States. Through his memorandum and subsequent presiding over the forced vaccination of Service Members and DoD employees without regard for or consideration of their religious liberties, Secretary Austin knowingly made a statement that is utterly and intentionally false. Accordingly, I refer Secretary Lloyd Austin for violation(s) of 18 U.S.C. § 1001,” the letter states.
Earlier Friday, Republican Texas Rep. Ronny Jackson and a group of House Republicans sent a letter to Austin, calling on him to prove that a vaccine mandate does not negatively impact readiness and or negatively impact the DOD’s ability to conduct operations globally despite a possible loss of personnel.