Sessions to GOP Rep: ‘It Would Take a Factual Basis’ to Appoint Special Counsel to Probe Clinton

During Attorney General Jeff Sessions testimony before the House Judiciary Committee today, he found himself getting screamed at by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), who made it very clear that he really wanted a special counsel to investigate Hillary Clinton, the Clinton Foundation, Uranium One and the Steele dossier, among other things. And, in the end, Sessions almost made Jordan look like a conspiracy theorist. Jordan spent much of the beginning of his Q&A session lobbing questions at the attorney general regarding the ongoing Russia investigation even though it was obvious that the AG couldn’t answer them because he had recused himself from the probe. This then led to Jordan telling Sessions that while he appreciated the fact that the Justice Department was looking at a special counsel to investigate Uranium One and the Clinton Foundation, he was concerned that it has taken so long to get this going. The Continue reading "Sessions to GOP Rep: ‘It Would Take a Factual Basis’ to Appoint Special Counsel to Probe Clinton"

Chris Cuomo, Jim Jordan Lock Horns Over Demand for Special Counsel on Clinton: ‘Political Spitball Contest’

Chris Cuomo had a heated exchange with Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) Tuesday, as the two debated whether today’s questioning of Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the House Judiciary Committee ought to be focused on Donald Trump Jr. and his connections with WikiLeaks. Jordan, who sits on the committee, said he looked forward to learning more about the Attorney General’s plans for a special counsel on Hillary Clinton. While those are not yet definite, Jordan said he would nudge Sessions in that direction since recent developments pertaining to Clinton, the Uranium One deal and Fusion GPS necessitate an investigation. From there, Cuomo brought up Don Jr.’s correspondence with WikiLeaks and asked Jordan why he isn’t putting more of a priority on that than the politically vanquished Clinton. This led to a contentious exchange where Jordan insisted that the Fusion GPS dossier is the bigger deal since it was supposedly the Continue reading "Chris Cuomo, Jim Jordan Lock Horns Over Demand for Special Counsel on Clinton: ‘Political Spitball Contest’"

Boehner Unloads on GOP Lawmakers: ‘F*ck Jordan. F*ck Chaffetz. They’re Both A*sholes’

John Boehner came out swinging against his former Republican House colleagues Representative Jim Jordan and congressman-turned-Fox News contributor Jason Chaffetz. In a lengthy Politico profile, Boehner appeared completely “unchained” as he lashed out at many of the people who negatively impacted his time as speaker of the House — particularly right-wing talk show hosts and far right conservative members. During the interview — in which he suggested Sean Hannity is a “right-wing idiot” — Boehner lobbed a couple f-bombs at House Freedom Caucus member Jordan and ex-lawmaker Chaffetz:
“Breaking the ice, I mention some news of the day—that Trey Gowdy appears likely to become chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The previous chairman, Jason Chaffetz, had abruptly announced his resignation from Congress; House conservatives had hoped that Jim Jordan, a senior member on the committee, might pursue the chairmanship. Boehner grins. ‘Gowdy—that’s my guy, even though Continue reading "Boehner Unloads on GOP Lawmakers: ‘F*ck Jordan. F*ck Chaffetz. They’re Both A*sholes’"

Ali Velshi Repeatedly Calls Out GOP Rep Jim Jordan Over Health Care: ‘That’s Not True Sir!’

This afternoon, the Senate narrowly passed a motion to proceed on the GOP health care debate, pushing through something that is currently being described as a “skinny repeal.” This brings the possibility of Obamacare repeal one step closer. During an interview on MSNBC today, host Ali Velshi and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) mixed it up over health care, with the conservative congressman taking the position that this is a good strategy to repeal first and replace later, with the MSNBC personality pushing back throughout. Velshi and Jordan would tangle over the issue of insurance premiums and deductibles as host stated that the bill that was presented for debate today will not bring premiums down. Jordan countered that with certain amendments, individuals would be able to purchase cheaper plans and premiums overall would come down because they went up so much under the ACA. “That’s just not true, Congressman,” Velshi Continue reading "Ali Velshi Repeatedly Calls Out GOP Rep Jim Jordan Over Health Care: ‘That’s Not True Sir!’"

Chris Cuomo and Rep. Jim Jordan Tangle Over Russia Investigation

CNN’s Chris Cuomo had Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) on New Day Thursday morning for a lengthy sparring match over the investigation into President Donald Trump’s campaign ties to Russia. Cuomo kicked things off by asking Jordan about the administration’s policy in Syria, following Trump’s warning to president Bashar al-Assad this week over his use of chemical weapons in the ongoing civil war. Jordan noted that the president should consult with Congress before taking any military action, before slamming former President Barack Obama for his “red line” in Syria (Obama drew the infamous “red line” in Syria as a warning to the country against using chemical weapons. When Assad crossed the red line, Obama mulled punitive strikes in response, but eventually came to an agreement with Russia and Syria that the country would dispose of its stockpile of chemical weapons.) Cuomo then moved on to the topic of Russian interference Continue reading "Chris Cuomo and Rep. Jim Jordan Tangle Over Russia Investigation"

Chris Hayes Challenges GOP Rep Over Trump Campaign’s Contact with Russia: ‘That’s Not Strange to You!?’

With Trump loyalists beginning to make noise about the need for special counsel Robert Mueller to be removed from his post, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) was brought on MSNBC tonight to give his take. And while he didn’t fully embrace Mueller’s firing, he also made it known that he wasn’t a fan of his. And he also indicated that he’s really not all that bothered by a number of Trump associates being deceptive about their contacts with Russian officials, much to the consternation of host Chris Hayes. Following Jordan going on for a few minutes about how everyone wanted to see James Comey fired and his distaste for Mueller when he was FBI director, Hayes asked the congressman if he understood why Attorney General Jeff Sessions, White House senior advisor Jared Kushner and ex-National Security Advisor Michael Flynn all initially misled on their contacts with Russians. After saying the Continue reading "Chris Hayes Challenges GOP Rep Over Trump Campaign’s Contact with Russia: ‘That’s Not Strange to You!?’"

Chris Cuomo and Rep. Jim Jordan Go At It Over Comey Statement

CNN’s Chris Cuomo and Rep. Jim Jordan sparred over the implications of former FBI director James Comey’s opening statements for his Thursday hearing. The Republican congressman opened by echoing the GOP takeaway from Comey’s statement, that it “largely confirms what the president’s been saying, that he wasn’t under investigation.” Jordan further held that Comey wrote in his statement that “the president told him to continue the Russian investigation, because the president wanted to be vindicated about certain things said about him.” “I don’t see anywhere in this prepared statement where he says the president was urging him to continue the investigation. Where is that?” Cuomo asked. “The president wanted the truth to come out,” Jordan replied. The two went back and forth over Comey’s memorializing of his encounters with the president, before Cuomo said “it is interesting, congressman, that you are choosing to prioritize something that doesn’t have Continue reading "Chris Cuomo and Rep. Jim Jordan Go At It Over Comey Statement"