Republican Congressman Jim Jordan of Ohio on Sunday declined to comment on President Donald Trump’s moral character or ethics.
In a interview on Face the Nation, host Margaret Brennan accused Jordan of “picking and choosing” results from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
“But because you’re deciding to put aside those indictments and guilty pleas, it appears that you’re picking and choosing when you’re — you’re picking the outcome you like and looking away from the ones you didn’t,” Brennan said.
“No, I’m not. Those people did things wrong. They’re going to have to face consequences for that,” Jordan stated. “But that wasn’t the charge of the special counsel investigation. It was to look at that one fundamental issue. We’ll read the report and see what it says. But all indications are, and I’ve seen no evidence. Now, almost two and a half years of investigation, I have seen no evidence of any type of coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia to impact the election.”
“But that’s not the question,” Brennan retorted. “There are all these instances that ethically look questionable. The president’s son agreeing to meet with Russian intermediaries to get dirt on Hillary Clinton, a number of different things along the way that came to light in the course of this investigation, not disclosing the primary voters the president was seeking business deals with Russia.”
“Do those things morally sit right with you?” the CBS host asked.
“Look, we’ll read the report and see what the special counsel has to say,” Jordan remarked.
“Those are things we already know, and I’m asking you ethically, morally?” Brennan pressed.
“Here’s what I know about the president,” Jordan replied. “In two and a half years as president of the united States, we have seen regulations cut. We have seen taxes reduced. We have seen the economy growing in an unbelievable rate.”
“You’re diverting,” Brennan shot back.
“I’m telling you the truth,” Jordan continued. “I was with the president last Wednesday in Ohio. I saw the response he got from citizens in our district, the people lined up on the streets cheering him because we have Gorsuch and Kavanaugh on the court.”
“So ethically those things are fine with you?” Brennan said.
“I’m saying that wasn’t the charge of the special counsel’s investigation,” the Ohio Republican insisted. “The central charge of the special counsel investigation was to look at collusion. There has been zero evidence, zero evidence of any type of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia to influence the election.”
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Louisiana Democrat re-elected governor — despite Trump’s rallies for the Republican candidate
The Associated Press has called the Lousiana's governor's race for incumbent Democrat John Bel Edwards.
Edwards triumphed over Republican businessman Eddie Rispone, who called to concede.
The outcome is another major political loss for President Donald Trump, who had held multiple campaign rallies for Rispone.
During his most recent rally, Trump begged the crowd to give him a "big win" in the election.
Eddie Rispone has conceded the #lagov race to Gov. John Bel Edwards, giving the Democrat four more years in ruby red Louisiana despite Trump’s best efforts to flip the seat. Edwards camp says Rispone called minutes ago to concede. #lagov #lalege
Press secretary says it is ‘dangerous for the country’ to question whether she is putting out honest info
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Grisham made her argument after President Donald Trump went to Walter Reed Hospital for an unannounced doctor's visit, resulting in a great deal of speculation.
Following the visit, Grisham claimed Trump was "healthy" and "without complaints" -- a claim many found unlikely as the president has spent a good deal of time as president airing his many grievances.
Sondland used WhatsApp to communicate with Ukraine — and won’t turn over the messages: report
Ambassador Gordon Sondland used WhatsApp to send encrypted messages to a top Ukranian official, The Washington Post reported Saturday.
The communication occurred with Andriy Yermak, a top aide to President Volodymr Zelensky, when Sondland was in Kyiv, the newspaper reported.
"Sondland was also texting back and forth on WhatsApp with Yermak throughout the trip, and had been communicating with other Ukrainian officials over the messaging app in the preceding and subsequent months, according to people familiar with his interactions," The Post reported.