Jim Jordan Says Judiciary Committee is ‘Trying to Destroy Bill Barr’ Because They’re ‘Afraid He’ll Get to the Bottom of Everything’
The House Judiciary Committee met on Wednesday over potentially holding Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress and there was plenty of heat. During his remarks, Rep. Jim Jordan blasted his colleagues, and said they’re out to get Barr because they’re afraid he’ll uncover the truth about the origin of the Trump-Russia investigation.
“Bill Barr is following the law and what’s his reward? Democrats hold him in contempt,” Jordan began his fiery remarks. “I don’t think today’s actually about getting information. I don’t think it’s about getting the un-redacted Mueller report, I don’t think last week’s hearing was actually about having staff question the attorney general.”
Instead, he said, it’s about a cover-up.
“I think it’s as my colleague said earlier. I think it’s all about trying to destroy Bill Barr because Democrats are nervous he’s going to get to the bottom of everything. He’s going to find out how and why this investigation started in the first place,” said Jordan.
He listed four specific points of previous commentary from Barr as support of his thesis, including about failures of leadership at the FBI, that Barr said “spying did occur,” that there is a basis for concern about that, and that, in Barr’s judgment, there may have been “unauthorized surveillance and political surveillance” of the Trump campaign. “Scary terms,” said Jordan.
Jordan then went back through arguments that have been made many times regarding the Steele dossier and the Strzok emails and more, at length. After recounting the recent New York Times article that revealed the FBI sent an investigator posing as a research assistant to obtain information on the Trump campaign from George Papadopoulos.
“You know what they call that?” said Jordan. “You know what they call that? It’s called spying. They did it. They did it. They did it twice and who knows how much more.”
He read from the letter Special Counsel to the President Emmet Flood wrote to the Attorney General recently. It reads in part:
“Under our system of government, unelected Executive Branch officers and intelligence agency personnel are supposed to answer to the person elected by the people the President and not the other way around. This is not a Democratic or a Republican issue; it is a matter of having a government responsible to the people and, again, not the other way around. In the partisan commotion surrounding the released Report, it would be well to remember that what can be done to a President can be done to any of us.”
“And this committee is supposed to look out for that fundamental fact more than anything else, he said. “And we are not doing that today.”
Watch the clip above, via Fox News Channel.
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