Did John Hickenlooper lie under oath and commit perjury to avoid additional charges of violating state rules of ethics?

Hickenlooper said during his ethics hearing last week that a lunch he attended on one trip taken aboard a friend’s private jet was personal so it was not subject to rules of ethics.

That so-called personal lunch happened to be with Vernon Jordan, a longtime advisor of former President Bill Clinton.

Hickenlooper testified under oath the lunch was personal and not political, so it was not subject to rules of ethics.

The only problem, and it’s a doozy — that’s not what Hickenlooper told the Denver Post two years ago in this article:

The article is about all the behind-the-scenes meetings Hickenlooper was holding with movers and shakers before announcing his (since failed) presidential run.

That lunch with Clinton’s guy, Hickenlooper said at the time it was very much a political meeting, not just a causal burger and fries among old friends.

“He was very gracious and asked me about 2020, and I said, ‘Well, you know, my wife and I hadn’t made up our minds,’” Hickenlooper said about the lunch meeting.

Jordan offered advice on what steps Hickenlooper should take next, including suggestions on whom else to talk to.

“So he was helpful, (but) I don’t think he was any more helpful to me than he was to other people,” Hickenlooper said.

There it is. Hickenlooper’s lunch conversation with a presidential advisor was about running for president, not the latest trends in brewpub beers or banjo jams.

Will Hickenlooper face perjury charges, or will he get a pass and claim he was just lying to the media about his presidential exploratory meetings and claim he never ran for president?

We hope Hick’s Democratic contender in the U.S. Senate primary, Andrew Romanoff, asks Hick about that during tonight’s debate.