On Thursday, the House voted to create a select subcommittee to review how the Donald Trump administration uses some $3 trillion in coronavirus relief measures. The need for such a committee, which will be under the umbrella of the Oversight Committee, seems obvious. After all, this is collectively the largest relief package in American history by a city mile, and great care must be taken to root out abuse by, in the words of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, “profiteers and price gougers.”
Now who would have a problem with that? Well, the ranking Republican on the Oversight Committee, Jim Jordan of Ohio, seems to have a big problem with it. He thinks it’s just another excuse to make life miserable for Trump. Less than 24 hours before the bill passed, he picked a very receptive ear for this view–Fox Business’ Lou Dobbs. Watch here.
It was painfully obvious where this interview was going when Dobbs claimed this committee isn’t really intended to review how the White House manages the relief package. No, no–it’s actually an attempt to “weaponize” the House’s oversight powers in an attempt to “subvert, and even overthrow, this president.”
Predictably, Jordan lapped it up. He claimed that this effort was no different from the investigations into Russia’s attempt to hack the election or Trump’s attempt to bludgeon Ukraine into conducting a politically motivated investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden. He also believed it was a waste of time, noting that before this committee was created, there were already eight different committees and subcommittees conducting oversight of the relief package.
Jordan contended that while the first eight committees were “working for the American taxpayer” to ensure this money is spent wisely, this new subcommittee is nothing more than an appendage of the Biden campaign. As Jordan saw it, it’s no accident that the subcommittee’s chairman will be House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, whose endorsement helped power Biden’s victory in the South Carolina primary.
Biden, Jordan said, owes his status as presumptive Democratic nominee to Clyburn’s endorsement. To Jordan’s mind, this was proof positive that this subcommittee isn’t really intended to review how the relief package is handled, but to “go after Trump.”
Jordan was the co-founder and initial chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, the most conservative and most rabidly pro-Trump element of the House Republican Conference. So it should come as no surprise at all that Jordan, in typical Trumpian fashion, all but called this committee a “Democrat WITCH HUNT!”
Apparently Jordan forgets why the American people gave the Democrats control of the House in the first place. Pelosi and the Democrats are simply doing what the American people elected them to do–serve as a check on Trump and hold him to account.
But then again, Jordan is the last person who should be complaining about the House ganging up on the president. After all, he was a member of the House committee investigating the Benghazi attack, which kept up its efforts after Republican-led committees in both chambers found no evidence of malfeasance on the Obama White House’s part. Indeed, then-House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy openly admitted this committee was intended to kneecap Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
So a member of a committee that we now know was a taxpayer-funded witch hunt claims a common-sense effort to review how the White House handles this gargantuan relief package is a witch hunt? Stones, meet glass house.
Jordan has insisted for some time that the Republicans is in the minority because they didn’t do what they said they would do in 2016. Indeed, his Twitter bio prominently features the hashtag “#DoWhatWeSaid.” Well, Jim, we hear what you’re saying. And we’re having none of it.
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