MSNBC's Katy Tur challenges GOP rep to answer question without using Clinton's name

MSNBC host Katy Tur challenged Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanMore than 100 ex-Ohio State students share allegations of sexual misconduct by doctor: AP The Hill's Morning Report — Russia furor grips Washington Freedom Caucus members see openings in leadership MORE (R-Ohio) on Friday to answer a question without using Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonCarter Page warrant reflects attack on our civil liberties Former Obama aide to Comey: 'No one is asking for your advice' Comey to Dems: 'Don't lose your minds and rush to the socialist left' MORE’s name.

Tur initially asked the GOP lawmaker about President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump warns Iran's Rouhani: Threaten us 'and you will suffer' Pompeo: Iran's leaders resemble the mafia NYT's Haberman: Trump 'often tells the truth' MORE's pardon of former Bush administration staffer Scooter Libby earlier in the day, with Jordan making a comparison to the former secretary of State in his response.

“Can you answer the question without using Hillary Clinton’s name?” Tur asked. “Do you think it’s looks a little bit suspicious for the president to pardon someone who’s convicted of lying to the FBI and obstruction of justice when all of this stuff is going on?”

Jordan replied by saying that it was “suspicious and strange” that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE was appointed after the firing of James ComeyJames Brien ComeyFormer Obama aide to Comey: 'No one is asking for your advice' Comey to Dems: 'Don't lose your minds and rush to the socialist left' There was nothing remotely treasonous in Trump's performance with Putin MORE last year and was now looking into possible obstruction of justice in the dismissal of the former FBI director.


Tur then asked the lawmaker if he believed the Justice Department “was out to get the president.”

Jordan invoked Clinton in his answer, arguing that there was a double standard between Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinCarter Page warrant reflects attack on our civil liberties Hillicon Valley: Trump's Russia moves demoralize his team | Congress drops effort to block ZTE deal | Rosenstein warns of foreign influence threat | AT&T's latest 5G plans The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and Congress at odds over Russia MORE’s treatment of Mueller’s probe and the investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server as secretary of State.

“Ah, you used the Secretary Clinton name,” Tur interjected. “I told you to answer without using 'Secretary Clinton.' ”

“But you have to because that’s what the American people see, they see two standards,” Jordan replied.

Jordan is a fierce critic of Clinton, questioning her while she was secretary of State about the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya. He is also now among GOP lawmakers calling for a second special counsel to probe Clinton.

The former leader of the conservative Freedom Caucus told reporters Friday that he is considering running to replace retiring Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanPelosi: 'Thug' Putin not welcome in Congress Interior fast tracks study of drilling's Arctic impact: report Dems unveil slate of measures to ratchet up pressure on Russia MORE (R-Wis.).