"Everything's On The Table": Jim Jordan Threatens To Cut FBI Funding, Open Clinton Probe

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by Tyler Durden
Monday, May 22, 2023 - 07:05 PM

Authored by Tom Ozimek via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours),

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said Sunday that the committee is going to take a “good, hard look” at individuals highlighted in the recently released Durham report and that “nothing is off the table” in terms of potential probes.

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) speaks during an on-camera interview near the House Chambers during a series of votes in the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington on Jan. 9, 2023. (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

Jordan made the remarks in an interview on Fox News, in which he was asked about pursuing new investigations in light of special counsel John Durham’s report, which found that the FBI dropped four criminal investigations into former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

The long-awaited Durham report (pdf) showed that the FBI began investigating claims in late 2014 that two foreign governments were trying to make illegal donations to buy influence during Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Later, three different FBI field offices launched probes into the Clinton Foundation for “possible criminal activity.”

Durham found that all the criminal investigations into the Clintons were later shut down by senior officials, with agents cited in the report as saying that the probes lingered as investigators were “tippy-toeing” around Clinton because they thought she would become the next president and they were “scared with the big name [Clinton].”

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks during a panel at the Vital Voices Global Festival in Washington on May 5, 2023. (Madalina Vasiliu/The Epoch Times)

At the same time, Durham found that the probe into former President Donald Trump should have never been launched and faulted the FBI for using a different standard compared to the Clintons in weighing whether it should open an investigation into Trump.

Following the release of the Durham report, several Republicans called for the investigations into the Clintons to be reopened, while Jordan was asked during the Fox News interview whether he thought any individuals named in the report should be subject to a congressional inquiry.

Are there people that were highlighted in the Durham investigation and the Durham report that we need to talk to on the Judiciary Committee? We’re going to give that a good, hard look,” Jordan told Fox News host Maria Bartiromo.

“Nothing is off the table,” he added, “because it is critical the American people understand how their government—their agencies—have been turned on them, the taxpayer, and we get all the facts out there.”

Jordan added that there would be talks with House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on “where to proceed from here.”

"In the end, money always gets people’s attention," Jordan continued. "And so, what we’re going to have to do is say, ‘Hey, FBI, you can’t use federal tax dollars, you can’t use the American tax dollars for this kind of activity.’ We got to limit how they spend the money."

The Epoch Times has reached out to the Clinton Foundation with a request for comment.

Special counsel John Durham arrives at federal court in Washington on May 18, 2022. (Teng Chen/The Epoch Times)

The Durham Report

In 2019, Durham was tasked with investigating the origins of the FBI’s probe into allegations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia to sway the 2016 election.

A year later, then-Attorney General William Barr appointed Durham as special counsel on the investigation, which culminated in the recently released report.

In the report, Durham faulted the FBI for various flaws in pursuing surveillance of the Trump campaign ahead of the 2016 presidential election, while concluding that the agency should never have launched its investigation into alleged collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia.

Durham said there appeared to be anti-Trump bias on the part of some FBI agents “intimately involved in the matter,” who he said had a “predisposition” to launch the probe, which eventually became known as Crossfire Hurricane.

The special counsel also found that the FBI relied too much on unvetted investigative tips from Trump’s political opponents and did not rigorously analyze the information it received.

He concluded that “neither U.S. nor the Intelligence Community appears to have possessed any actual evidence of collusion in their holdings at the commencement of the Crossfire Hurricane investigation.

At the same time, Durham found that the FBI used a different standard when considering investigating allegations of election interference by then-candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

The FBI responded to the Durham report hours after its release with a statement that acknowledged “missteps” in its investigation into alleged Trump–Russia ties.

Trump said in statements on social media that the FBI probe into alleged links between his 2016 presidential campaign and Russian operatives was part of a criminal and treasonous plot to overthrow his presidency.

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