Judicial Watch: Rep. Jim Jordan Details Absent DOJ Documents

“WE’RE RUNNING OUT OF PATIENCE”

by Sharon Rondeau

(Jun. 22, 2018) — In a 17-minute interview Thursday with Judicial Watch’s Jerry Dunleavy, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), a member of the House Judiciary Committee who has been aggressively attempting to obtain documents connected with several congressional investigations from the U.S. Justice Department, said that while he “thinks” the committee will ultimately receive “compliance” from the DOJ, “we’re running out of patience.”

The interview is here:  https://www.judicialwatch.org/video-update/jw-inside-report-reviewing-the-ig-report-with-congressman-jim-jordan/?utm_source=deployer&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Press+Release&utm_content=20180622164709

Dunleavy began by asking Jordan his opinion of DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report released June 14 on the FBI’s probe of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, to which Jordan responded that a considerable number of FBI “top people” were demoted and resigned or terminated.

“I think Michael did a great job,” Jordan said of the actual content of the report, while comparing its conclusions that decisions were not made for political reasons to former FBI Director James Comey’s “July 5th [2016] press conference” (3:18) in which he enumerated what he said were Clinton’s many transgressions but said that “no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case.”

“Overall, I give the inspector general high marks for digging into and exposing the bias,” Jordan concluded, on the part of FBI agents assigned to the Clinton probe.

He then connected dates of events and text messages involving former FBI counterintelligence deputy director Peter Strzok, including a mid-August 2016 text message promising “an insurance policy” in the event Donald Trump were elected president.

Strzok was reportedly escorted out of the FBI last Friday and his security clearance canceled. It is unclear if he is still employed at the agency.

At 6:40, Jordan clarified that Horowitz continues to investigate FBI and DOJ conduct as it relates to surveillance warrants requested under FISA for former Trump campaign aide, Dr. Carter Page.  Jordan said that the origins of the evidence presented to the FISA court, the now-infamous Trump-Russia “dossier,” were not revealed to the judges.  “I want to see that report when Mr. Horowitz completes it on what kind of abuse took place in the FISA application, FISA process when they went to the court,” Jordan said.

Dunleavy reminded Jordan and viewers that Judicial Watch has filed numerous FOIA lawsuits to obtain documents associated with a number of DOJ/FBI matters.

At the 8:54 mark, Jordan reminded viewers that the House Judiciary Committee has “primary jurisdiction over the Justice Department.”  In the recent past, Rosenstein has said that the Justice Department “will not be extorted” by congressional document requests.

At 9:45, Jordan said that not only has the House Judiciary Committee unsuccessfully asked Justice for documents, but also the House Intelligence Committee chaired by Rep. Devin Nunes. Nunes has been vocal in his determination to obtain the documents as part of Congress’s oversight responsibilities of the executive branch and to arrive at the truth behind the launch of the FBI’s probe into the Trump campaign.

At 10:42, Dunleavy asked about “subpoenas” both committees have sent to Justice for documents.  Jordan responded that Uranium One-Clinton Foundation, the Clinton email investigation, the obtaining of FISA applications, and the FBI’s counterintelligence probe of the Trump campaign are all items they are investigating.

Nunes said in an interview Sunday that he would initiate action against Rosenstein by June 20 if he did not receive the subpoenaed documents.  As of this writing, no reports exist to say that Nunes has followed through on that pledge, although Jordan indicated that several actions are still being contemplated.

“They’re not complying,” Jordan told Dunleavy at 11:40 of the DOJ, but qualified it by stating that since Speaker of the House Paul Ryan intervened, “we think there will be compliance.”  “But if there isn’t,” Jordan said, there will be consequences up to and including “contempt and possible impeachment proceedings” aimed at Rosenstein.

When asked specifically which documents Jordan and his committee are seeking, Jordan responded that Rosenstein issued two guidance memos to Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who assumed the Russia investigation after Comey was fired in May of last year.  The first, dated May 20, 2017, is public, but the second, dated August 2, 2017, has not been released to Congress or the public unredacted.

The latter specified that Mueller had Rosenstein’s permission to investigate former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, who now sits in jail after Mueller’s team accused him of “witness tampering” and Judge Amy Berman Jackson ordered Manafort’s bail revoked last Friday.

“The American people have a right to know the full parameter, the full scope, of any investigation into the individual they elected president, and Rod Rosenstein says ‘no,'” Jordan said.   He also reasoned that the people’s elected representatives should be able to see the documentation.

“Do you see movement from the Department of Justice?” Dunleavy asked at 14:30.

“We do, but frankly, we’re running out of patience…” Jordan said. He also reminded viewers that information the DOJ has redacted is part of a “pattern” claiming classification when it is not.  “We do think we need this to do our job as a separate and equal branch of government charged with oversight of the executive branch,” the congressman said.

 

Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news.  She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.

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