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HAPPENING NOW: Jim Jordan’s Disgraceful CPAC Panel Shows How Much He’s Besmirched His Position As Judiciary Chair

Feb 23, 2024

Washington, D.C. – Today, in a sad demonstration which shows how far Jim Jordan has tarnished his position as House Judiciary Committee chairman, Jordan will host a panel with a racist title at a sparsely attended CPAC to attack a local prosecutor who has indicted Donald Trump.. 

In response, Congressional Integrity Project executive director Kyle Herrig said the following:

“This week, it was revealed that the entire basis for the impeachment inquiry into President Biden has been a Russian disinformation campaign. Jim Jordan, knowingly or not, has been at the forefront of pushing the conspiracy theories and lies Alexander Smirnov was just arrested for passing on to the FBI. Jordan has decided to round out one of the worst weeks of his career (and there have been many) in just the way he deserves: screaming to an empty room about nothing.”

Jim Jordan Is A Fringe Conspiracy Theorist, Election Denier, and Partisan Hack

Jordan Has a History of Launching Baseless, Politically Motivated Probes To Defend Trump. Jordan initially became prominent because of his key role in the years-long investigation of the Benghazi attack that cost millions of taxpayer dollars, encompassed 33 hearings and resulted in no new information or prosecutions, and he continues to re-litigate the 2016 election as a distraction from his role in 2020, tweeting in May 2022 about “Hillary Clinton’s dirty tricks” that supposedly undermined Donald Trump.

Jim Jordan Is A Far-Right Extremist With Ties To Fringe Conspiracy Theorists. Jordan has maintained close ties with far-right conspiracy theorists. As a co-founder of the hardline House Freedom Caucus, Jordan aligns himself with the most extreme Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill – many of whom openly pursue conspiracy theories that “should concern the hell out of people” according to former Rep. Denver Riggleman, a former member of the caucus who has labeled it “the Trump Protection Society.” Jordan was also one of the first to endorse QAnon-linked Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene – who was barred from committee assignments after spreading blatant misinformation and hate speech – for re-election.

Jordan Engaged In A “Systematic Effort” To Undermine The 2020 Election. Jordan followed Trump’s election denier playbook throughout the 2020 election cycle. Before any votes were counted, he suggested – and directly alleged – that Democrats would try to “steal” the election. After Election Day, he endorsed MAGA conspiracy theories and called on Trump’s lawyers to investigate Dominion Voting Systems, using his own role to demand congressional investigations of alleged election fraud. In December 2020, he openly endorsed fringe legal theories in hopes of allowing state legislatures to overturn the will of voters, and joined a lawsuit seeking to overturn the election results. Jordan encouraged fellow lawmakers to object to certification on Jan. 6, called for a “special counsel” to investigate so-called voter fraud, and met with a group of Trump loyalists in the White House on Dec. 21 to coordinate plans to prevent Congress from certifying the election results. At every step of the way, Jordan embraced baseless conspiracy theories and dogmatic lies over the American people.

2019: Jordan Went Out of His Way to Defend Donald Trump – Even While He Knew There Was Damning Information. In 2019, Jordan worked to frame the Ukraine scandal as a pointless investigation, even when he knew there was more damning information yet to come and defended Trump’s stonewalling tactics. Jordan even told a U.S. diplomat that he was “wrong” to have said there was a clear understanding that President Donald Trump was withholding military aid to Ukraine in exchange for investigations of Democrats. Prior to the Ukraine scandal, Jordan went out of his way to protect Trump from the Mueller Report as well, criticizing the Special Counsel which lasted 22 months and netted 34 indictments of both Russian nationals and people from within President Donald Trump’s inner circle on counts of hacking emails, lying to investigators, financial crimes, and numerous other charges.