MSNBC’s Katy Tur was joined last week by Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH), and attempted to get him to answer direct regarding his campaign to get Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign, and to discredit the Steele dossier. Jordan and fellow House Freedom Caucus member, Mark Meadows, published a joint op-ed in which they said, “It’s time for Jeff Sessions to go.” The increasing attacks on Sessions appear to be little more than an attempt to undermine the Russia investigtion. Both Jordan and Meadows have publicly dismissed Mueller’s findings, and have voiced frustration that Sessions’ recusal has shifted oversight of the investigation to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein instead.
As Rod Rosenstein testified to the House Judiciary Committee that he has no good cause to fire Mueller and spoke very highly of the Special Counsel in terms of ability and ethics… he isn’t playing ball with the GOP. That has given them even more reason to be agitated with Jeff Sessions.
Katy Tur asked Jim Jordan, “Do you think it’s Jeff Session’s job to protect the president?”
Jordan refused to answer if protecting the President was Sessions’ job. He responded that he wanted Sessions to appoint a second Special Counsel, and added, “It’s his job to do his job.”
Tur doubled down on her question and Jordan still refused to answer. He repeated, “I think its Jeff Sessions’ job to be the Attorney General of the United States.”
Jordan then went on to attack the the Steele Dossier, saying he wanted to know whether it was the basis for the FISA warrants used to “spy on Americans associated with the Trump campaign.”
Katy Tur steered the interview back toward reality:
“U.S. officials, in reporting out by the New York Times, say it was not the dossier that started this investigation. The dossier corroborated what they had already known. In fact, your colleagues in Congress, Senators Warner, and Burr had both said the same thing.“
Jordan grew increasingly hostile to Tur. He then claimed, “Everyone knows this dossier is garbage.”
Jordan then classified George Papadopoulos as “some 28-year old shooting his mouth off at a bar,” So Tur asked the congressman whether he was at all curious how Papadopolous knew that the Russians had emails from the Democratic National Committee.
Jordan indicated that he thought the Special Counsel would find out, but that he had more questions he wanted answers to, but those questions largely centered on the Clinton campaign’s involvement in funding the dossier and other ways that he hoped would help him throw shade at the dossier findings.
Presumably, Dianne Feinstein’s release of the GPS Fusion transcript, in which that particularly conspiracy theory was debunked by the firm hired to handle what would become the Steele Dossier has made Jim Jordan very unhappy.