MSNBC host Katy Tur challenged Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanAllies see rising prospect of Trump 2024 White House bid Republican leaders misjudged Jan. 6 committee Watchdog group seeks ethics probe over McCarthy's Jan. 6 comments MORE (R-Ohio) on Friday to answer a question without using Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrats worry negative images are defining White House Heller won't say if Biden won election Whitmer trailing GOP challenger by 6 points in Michigan governor race: poll MORE’s name.
Tur initially asked the GOP lawmaker about President TrumpDonald TrumpJulian Castro knocks Biden administration over refugee policy Overnight Energy & Environment — League of Conservation Voters — Climate summit chief says US needs to 'show progress' on environment Five takeaways from Arizona's audit results 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 (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE was appointed after the firing of James ComeyJames Brien ComeyGiuliani told investigators it was OK to 'throw a fake' during campaign DOJ watchdog unable to determine if FBI fed Giuliani information ahead of 2016 election Biden sister has book deal, set to publish in April 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 RosensteinWashington still needs more transparency House Judiciary to probe DOJ's seizure of data from lawmakers, journalists The Hill's Morning Report - Biden-Putin meeting to dominate the week 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 RyanPaul Ryan researched narcissistic personality disorder after Trump win: book Paul Ryan says it's 'really clear' Biden won election: 'It was not rigged. It was not stolen' Democrats fret over Trump-district retirements ahead of midterms MORE (R-Wis.).