Rep. Jim Jordan: Barr "Very Serious" About Finding Out What Launched Trump-Russia Investigation


Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) is interviewed by FOX Business Network's Neil Cavuto on the political fallout from the Mueller report and the investigation into the FBI.

REP. JIM JORDAN (R-OH): What I do know is, Bill Barr is not just serious. I think he's very serious.

He said in his interview with Bill Hemmer that someone may have put their thumb on the scale. He's concerned about that. Did that actually happen?

When you take that statement and couple it with what he said four weeks ago in front of the Senate, when he said that he felt there was a failure of leadership at the upper echelon of the FBI, that was certainly the case. He said spying did occur. There's a basis for his concern about the spying that took place.

And then probably, fourth, and most importantly, he used two terms that should scare every American. He talked about unauthorized surveillance and potential political surveillance. So, I think he is starting from the right premise. And he is very serious about finding out what exactly took place when they launched this whole Trump-Russia investigation in the first place.

CAVUTO: Do you think that, when the Mueller investigation started, they ever looked at -- the attorney general dismissed it -- the possibility that it was a false premise?

JORDAN: I don't think they did.

And go back and look at the charge they were given by Rod Rosenstein. It was very broad. It said, you look at Trump-Russia, you look at the interference in the election, was there any type of coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia to do this, and then it said, or anything arising there out of that.

So it was a pretty broad charge that they had. In fact, they ended up going after Manafort for failure to registering as a lobbyist and all these others. So why not look at that? Why not looked at, was the dossier verified? Did they actually -- how did that whole thing get us at the FISA court? Why not look at that?

Obviously, they didn't. And Bill Barr's going to, along with, of course, the inspector general, whose report we expect now any week.

CAVUTO: James Comey, if you're right, lied.

JORDAN: Well, it's funny, because you got Comey and Brennan pointing each other.
So, we don't know how this all took place. We have seen some of those text messages and the one sort of blaming the other. Was this -- was the dossier part of the intelligence community assessment, was it not, who wanted to include it, who didn't?

But I think, as Bill Barr said, there was a complete failure of leadership at the upper echelon of the FBI. Comey was fired. Andy McCabe, deputy director, fired, lied three times under oath, according to the inspector general.

Jim Baker, the chief counsel of the FBI, demoted and left, currently under investigation by the Justice Department. And it's interesting who in the Justice Department.

John Durham in Connecticut, who's actually going to lead Bill Barr's investigation of this whole thing. Lisa Page, demoted and left, and Peter Strzok, deputy head of counterintelligence, who ran both the Clinton investigation, launched and ran the Russia investigation, he was demoted and then fired.
So, when he talks about a failure of leadership, I mean, I -- that's a pretty, pretty accurate depiction of what was going on at the top levels of the FBI.

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