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— world famous art thief (@CalmSporting) March 3, 2023
Choice quote by Republican familiar with the proceedings involving Jim Jordan’s ‘whistleblowers’:
What Jordan has produced is “very much amateur hour.” Airing this “stuff on live television would make us look like morons.”
— Ryan Goodman (@rgoodlaw) March 3, 2023
Seems like an accurate appraisal:
In early February, Republicans brought an FBI veteran to Capitol Hill whom they hoped would expose a “deep state conspiracy” among Democrats and their accomplices in the intelligence community. The GOP witness was part of a network of “whistleblowers” — funneled to congressional Republicans’ new Weaponization of Government panel by allies of Donald Trump — to reveal covert attacks on the former president and broad, anti-conservative discrimination.
But before the interview was over, it was the GOP witness who was failing to answer difficult questions — and Democratic committee staff doing the asking…
According to portions of transcripts reviewed by Rolling Stone and sources familiar with the exchange, Hill repeatedly declined to respond to the questions and cited his First Amendment rights. (He’d later go on a conservative talk show to accuse Democrats of trying to paint him as a “right-wing nut job” because they couldn’t handle his message.) As the exchange went on, Hill’s attorney, Jason Foster, begged the Democratic counsel to stop asking about his client’s tweets.
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), the chair of the new House Judiciary’s “weaponization” subcommittee, opened its first hearing vowing that he’d heard from “dozens and dozens” of whistleblowers about “the political nature at the Justice Department.” Indeed, powerful players from Trump’s orbit have invested in recruiting intelligence community veterans, hoping to produce bombshell revelations and must-see TV to rival the results of the Jan. 6 committee.
But so far, Republicans have brought only three of those whistleblowers to Capitol Hill for questioning, and have not scheduled any additional interviews after completing the most recent in mid-February. In the interviews conducted to date, witnesses have offered contradictory responses, maintained fringe and violent online presences that undermine their credibility, and failed to demonstrate first-hand knowledge of alleged FBI wrongdoing.
The results have left Democrats gleeful and even some Republicans deeply unimpressed. A “dumpster fire,” is how one Democrat with knowledge of the at-times combative interactions terms the proceedings. “Clearly there is room to grow and improve before [more] public hearings,” a Republican familiar with the process tells Rolling Stone. But the work so far, the Republican says, has been “very much amateur hour,” adding that airing this “stuff on live television would make us look like morons.” (Sources spoke on the condition of anonymity to speak candidly about the sensitive matters.)…
But if the whistleblowers aren’t able to produce what Jordan has promised, it will be a serious blow to Republicans’ plan to use control of the House to refocus the public away from Trump’s proximity to an insurrection and onto an alleged anti-conservative conspiracy.
The whistleblower pipeline comes from a collaboration between Jordan, other MAGA lawmakers, and top officials in Trump’s orbit. Whistleblowers have received payments and legal counsel through this loose network; one whistleblower, Stephen Friend — a former FBI agent who brought concerns about the agency’s questioning of Jan. 6 protesters to Republicans — even received a job…
After Jordan and his cohorts concluded their first “Weaponization” hearing last month, several figures in the right-wing media elite — who are staunchly loyal to Trump and the GOP and already primed to just run with the party’s claims and supposed bombshells — reacted with head scratches. “I’m sick of these hearings,” Jesse Watters, a Fox News host and a buddy of Trump’s, complained on-air after the inaugural House Weaponization of the Federal Government subcommittee hearing. “Make me feel better, guys. Tell me this is going somewhere. Can I throw someone in prison? Can someone go to jail? Can someone get fined?”….
Well, maybe! But Jesse won’t be happy when it turns out to be the Repubs who get dinged, will he?
Just how weak is Jim Jordan's weaponization lineup of "whistleblowers"?
"We urge Chairman Jordan to schedule the public testimony of these individuals without delay."
From Democratic Staff Report's Forward by the committee and subcommittee's ranking members.👇 pic.twitter.com/nEG0ntvdZz
— Ryan Goodman (@rgoodlaw) March 3, 2023
Maybe it’s time Dems get serious about ripping Grassley’s
face off for having Barbara Ledeen, who spent 2016 plotting with Mike Flynn to try and buy non-existent Hillary Clinton emails from Russian criminals, on his staff. This is a guy who’s facilitated bad shit. https://t.co/zWCvmFm8eu
— Clean Observer (@Hammbear2024) March 3, 2023