Jim Jordan slices and dices Pelosi’s ‘political theater’ and her ‘fake’ coronavirus committee

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U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan called out the “political theater” being engaged in by House Democrats in their newly established select committee.

The ranking member on the House Judiciary and Oversight and Reform Committees exposed the “partisan” sham of the House Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis after its debut meeting, which he slammed for being “unfair” and only focusing on President Trump’s response to the pandemic.

“The very first action this committee took to restructure things was to send a letter, as ranking member [Steve] Scalise mentioned, to send a letter to Universal Stainless and try to put steelworkers in … Pennsylvania and Ohio, put steelworkers in the unemployment line,” Jordan said Thursday.

“You don’t have to take my word for it: Conor Lamb and Tim Ryan, two Democrats, sent a letter saying ‘what are you doing to this company with steelworkers working there?'” the Ohio Republican continued.

“The second action this committee took was this unfair hearing itself. Didn’t follow the rules, didn’t give proper notice, didn’t give the briefing memo, didn’t give us any witnesses, didn’t even ask the Republicans who we might like for a witness,” he said, accusing Democrats of trying to make Trump look bad.

He slammed the way the hearing was conducted, meeting remotely instead of on Capitol Hill, and questioned the need for the existence of the committee, to which he was assigned by House Republican leaders even though he had vehemently argued against it.

“So I’m wondering what the objective is here?” Jordan asked. “Because it’s an unfair hearing the way we’re doing this today – via videoconference – when we should be meeting, as the ranking member said, in a room with the proper social distancing asking questions and we’re doing it this way. I think it’s all partisan.”

Ahead of the meeting, Jordan had been vocally critical of yet another committee formed to supposedly oversee the government’s spending on the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Tomorrow’s fake Coronavirus Select Committee hearing is nothing more than #impeachment 2.0,” he tweeted.

“This is a committee to go after the president,” Jordan said Thursday.

“We’ve already got a political statement from the very first witness,” he added, referring to remarks by Harvard Global Health Institute Director Dr. Ashish Jha who criticized the administration’s initial response to the outbreak, claiming it resulted in more than 80,000 U.S. deaths.

“Why did we set up a partisan committee? Why did we set up an unfair process?” Jordan demanded to know as every witness echoed the narrative about an alleged lack of proper testing.

Frieda Powers


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