House Judiciary Chair Jim Jordan is desperately trying to spin the damning news on ex–FBI informant Alexander Smirnov.

Representative Jim Jordan seems to be struggling with the realization that Republicans’ impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden appears to be founded on a bed of lies peddled by the Russian government.

On Wednesday, the Ohio Republican got caught up in his own words, insisting that the inquiry still had merit, despite the Justice Department indictment against its primary witness, Alexander Smirnov.

“You said the 1023 is the most corroborating piece of information you have,” CNN’s Manu Raju prompted the Freedom Caucus politician on Wednesday, referring to the FBI’s FD-1023 form that documents Smirnov’s claims, which he is now accused of completely making up. In December, Jordan claimed the 1023 form constituted the “key” impeachable offense.

“It corroborates but it doesn’t change the fundamental facts,” Jordan responded, trying to flip the script and maintain that Biden was still involved in his son’s business dealings during his vice presidency.

  • Flying Squid
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    1553 months ago

    Representative Jim Jordan seems to be struggling with the realization that Republicans’ impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden appears to be founded on a bed of lies peddled by the Russian government.

    Implying he didn’t already know…

    • FuglyDuck
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      353 months ago

      I give it fifty-fifty odds he’s just that incompetent.

      I’m not sure which is worse, to be honest.

      • theotherone
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        153 months ago

        He just ignores facts that don’t agree with the conclusions he’s already made. His time ignoring the criminal sexual abuse in his previous career has paid dividends.

        • FuglyDuck
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          73 months ago

          yup. there’s two alternatives: he knew it was bullshit, and his ignorance was willful, or he didn’t know and he’s fucking incompetent.

          it comes down to: did he do due diligence on the whistleblower to check his sources credibility? it fits his narrative, so it’s running, but competent assholes do damage control preemptively.

    • @nickhammes
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      113 months ago

      Either he knew, incompetently didn’t know, or didn’t care. (Or some combination of these.) I’m not sure which is worst for him.

    • @CharlesDarwin
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      43 months ago

      These are the same lying liars that go on about how cons are being “censored” and “cancelled” on social media, and that they have to repeal Section 230 because of their feels, in spite of all evidence to the contrary about how FB, Twitter, Youtube, actually help to promote right wing extremism instead of bothering to police hate speech meaningfully.