After a successful year of using his post as head of the House Judiciary Committee to score Fox News soundbites and issue toothless warnings to those investigating the former president, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) stepped it up a notch on Thursday.
In a letter signed by Jordan and fellow MAGA diehard Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Jordan warned Special Counsel Jack Smith that subpoenas were on their way if the DOJ didn’t give the committee documents related to its investigations into former President Donald Trump. Jordan has asked for records related to Smith’s Trump investigations previously, both the Jan. 6 probe and the Mar-a-Lago records investigation. Back in June he asked the attorney general for information on the staffers working under Smith.
Jordan’s also sent made-for-right-wing-media-consumption letters to both Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg and Fulton County DA Fani Willis in the wake of their Trump indictments earlier this year. The letter to Smith on Thursday is just the latest example of this bulldog behavior meant for an audience of one — using his powerful position as the chair of the judiciary panel to poke holes in Trump prosecutions in an attempt to discredit the integrity of investigators.
The letter on Thursday again asked for information about Smith’s staffers and also requested documents related to Smith’s bid to access Trump’s Twitter account. Jordan and Biggs warned there would be consequences, such as subpoenas, if the special counsel did not comply by Jan. 4, 2024.
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