Congressman Jim Jordan is pressing for answers about why the source for launching the Trump-Russia collusion investigation, Australian Ambassador Alexander Downer, turns out to be a long-time staunch Clinton ally.
The GOP Rep. from Ohio is honing in on Downer’s role in the Trump-Russia investigation after the ambassador’s conversation with then-Trump aide George Papadopolous at an Australian bar presumably launched the FBI probe into the Trump campaign.
“Schiff made a big point of this in his memo and comments he’s made, where he said ‘the dossier wasn’t the most important thing they were investigating, and the catalyst for the Russian investigation was this Papadopoulos meeting,” Jordan told The Daily Caller. “Now we’ve learned, the thing they kept hanging their hat on was the Papadopoulos meeting with Ambassador Downer, and it turns out that Mr. Downer now had ties to the Clintons as well.”
“He arranged $25 million in contributions to The Clinton Foundation, and I believe that Downer arranged the meeting with Papadopoulos. It wasn’t just, ‘oh shazam, we’re in the same bar and this guy is just shooting his mouth off.’ It wasn’t a coincidence.”
The Hill provided documentary evidence of the contribution:
A key player in spearheading the FBI investigation after the ‘Downer street memo’ was Peter Strzok, a pro-Clinton agent who was subsequently removed by Special Counsel Mueller himself after his bias became public information. As reported earlier Tueday about the FBI agent, he conveniently overlooked irregularities with Clinton’s server configuration during the email investigation:
Two sources told Fox News that FBI agent Peter Strzok, who was removed from the Robert Mueller probe for a series of anti-Trump text messages, was told about metadata irregularities suggesting a breach in Clinton’s server, but chose not to take action.
According to the sources, Strzok was notified of the irregularities in 2016, as the Clinton investigation was winding down. One source said “Nothing happened.”
Congressman Jordan further wanted to probe what the FBI and the Obama White House knew about the Steele dossier.
“We learned in July that the FBI had the dossier. And then we subsequently learned it wasn’t just the FBI who had the dossier, it was also the Justice Department, mainly Bruce Ohr. So it’s, like wait. The obvious question is now did the White House have it? Did Obama know? We don’t know the answer to that question. But the pattern suggests that those 10 questions that Devin [Nunes] sent to those 24 people a couple of weeks ago, and he got those first responses back on Friday, those 10 questions on the dossier are so important,” Jordan said.
“Just pick someone from Oklahoma, Iowa, somewhere from the middle of the country. A well-respected, retired federal judge or some prosecutor who’s well respected to assemble a team and let them do it. I don’t see any other remedy. Mueller can’t expand his probe into this because he would be compromised,” Jordan added.
“It seems to me the only remedy is a second special counsel and then if you pick the right person there’s a chance at the conclusion there can be some type of closure and acceptance on the part of the American people. They want people held accountable.”
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