Found at cbsnews.com:
|"This criminal case is about lying: lying to the FBI, lying to the SEC and lying to investors," said U.S. Attorney James Comey. "That is conduct that will not be tolerated by anyone."
Is lying actually against the law in the US?
I don't think it is in the Netherlands. Unless you are under oath of course, but then it wouldn't be lying but perjury.
If the police would question me on anything (they never did, so I can't be sure) and I would say I didn't know anything, when in reality knew all about it, I doubt if that would be against the law.
Politicians may lose their jobs when they ly, but they don't go to jail.
But ofcourse there is always the question where lying ends and fraud or swindling begins.
What I find strange is that you can go to jail for lying about financial figures that causes people to lose money and not for lying about the presence of weapons in a foreign country that causes people (soldiers) to lose their lifes.