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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 JordanHouse Judiciary chairman threatens to subpoena Rosenstein Poll: Republicans narrowly prefer Jordan to lead House GOP House panels postpone meeting with Rosenstein MORE (R-Ohio) on Friday to answer a question without using Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonCarter Page files defamation lawsuit against DNC Dems fear party is headed to gutter from Avenatti’s sledgehammer approach Election Countdown: Cruz, O'Rourke fight at pivotal point | Ryan hitting the trail for vulnerable Republicans | Poll shows Biden leading Dem 2020 field | Arizona Senate debate tonight MORE’s name.

Tur initially asked the GOP lawmaker about President TrumpDonald John TrumpKey takeaways from the Arizona Senate debate Major Hollywood talent firm considering rejecting Saudi investment money: report Mattis says he thought 'nothing at all' about Trump saying he may leave administration 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 ComeyFBI investigated whether McCabe leaked info about Flynn and Trump to media House Judiciary chairman threatens to subpoena Rosenstein Three reasons Mueller may not charge Trump with obstruction MORE last year and was now looking into possible obstruction of justice in the dismissal of the former FBI director.

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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 RosensteinFBI investigated whether McCabe leaked info about Flynn and Trump to media House Judiciary chairman threatens to subpoena Rosenstein Sessions unveils task force to combat transnational criminal groups like MS-13 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 RyanElection Countdown: Cruz, O'Rourke fight at pivotal point | Ryan hitting the trail for vulnerable Republicans | Poll shows Biden leading Dem 2020 field | Arizona Senate debate tonight Paul Ryan to campaign for 25 vulnerable House Republicans GOP super PAC pushes back on report it skipped ad buys for California's Rohrabacher, Walters MORE (R-Wis.).