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Rep. Jim Jordan: We Need Second Special Counsel From ‘Middle of the Country, Outside the Swamp’

As one would expect, there’s been a huge partisan divide on the controversial Nunes memo that was publicly released yesterday. The memo purports to show FISA abuses in the Russia probe, specifically claiming that the Steele dossier was an “essential” basis for FISA warrants on ex-Trump campaign advisor Carter Page and that the judges approving the warrants weren’t told of the political motivations behind the dossier.

One of the biggest cheerleaders of #ReleaseTheMemo appeared on Fox & Friends this morning to hype the memo’s findings as a reason to discredit the Russia investigation but to also call on a second special counsel to investigate the “real” collusion involving Hillary Clinton and the FBI.

“I definitely think there are grounds for a second special counsel,” Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) told the Fox & Friends hosts. “I’m not a big fan of special counsels but I see no other remedy.”

Jordan, who has been a US Congressman for more than a decade and an elected official for over 20 years, then went on to claim that another special counsel needed to come from Middle America and not from the swamp of Washington.

“Don’t have it be someone from Washington — like [Robert] Mueller and his team, all of Washington insiders,” Jordan declared. “Have it be a judge — a retired federal judge from somewhere in the middle of to country, outside the swamp. Have them put together a team, then go do the investigation. Whatever conclusion they reach, I think there’s a much better chance the American people will accept that conclusion.”

While he didn’t call for the end of the Mueller investigation, Jordan concluded by listing off a number of FBI officials that are no longer in their jobs and stating that no bit of coordination has been found between the Trump campaign and Russia.

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