The GOP modus operandi seems to be that each time a complicated question is asked, the answer is instead related to Hillary Clinton. When a question is asked that requires you to bash a fellow Republican, Hillary Clinton is the way out. When in doubt, Republicans using Hillary Clinton gets them out. That is, until Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) went up against MSNBC’s Katy Tur.
In a Friday conversation about the pardon of convicted former Dick Cheney chief of staff Scooter Libby, Jordan harkened back to Trump’s 2016 opponent.
“Do you think the timing of pardoning somebody like Scooter Libby who is convicted of lying to federal investigators and obstructing justice is fishy at all?” Tur asked. “Because some folks think it is.”
Jordan claimed there was a “double standard” because of Hillary Clinton.
“The idea that Secretary Clinton — I asked her under oath in the Benghazi hearing if she would agree to a neutral third party examining her e-mails and deciding which ones we on the committee should receive and which ones were personal. She got an even better deal,” Jordan began. “They got to decide versus what happened to Michael Cohen earlier this week where they go grab everything.”
Tur interrupted Jordan noting Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein approved the search warrant for Cohen.
“Can you answer the question without using Hillary Clinton‘s name?” she demanded. “Do you think it looks suspicious for the president to pardon somebody who was convicted of lying to the FBI and obstruction of justice when all this stuff is going on?”
In his answer, he even brought up Clinton again. Tur stopped him.
“Secretary Clinton is not the President of the United States, she’s not running for anything any longer,” Tur said. “The president is the President of the United States and there are a lot of questions surrounding it. You can’t deny they have come up with a number of indictments that a lot of people have pleaded guilty… to crimes already.”
“I mean, it sounds like you are saying they are being strong-armed and there is a Justice Department conspiracy out to take out this president and his campaign,” she continued.
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