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Rep. Jim Jordan Clashes With CNN Over Anti-Trump FBI Claims

(CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360")

Wednesday, 20 December 2017 09:54 PM

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, sparred with CNN host John Berman on Wednesday over Jordan's assertion that recently revealed text messages prove a coordinated effort inside the FBI to keep Donald Trump out of the White House.

Jordan made the claims on Fox News Channel's" Fox & Friends" on Tuesday and to Fox News Radio's Todd Starnes.

"I'm convinced now – the FBI actively seeking with intent – actively trying to stop Donald Trump from being president of the United States," Jordan told Starnes.

But Berman, sitting in as guest host on "Anderson Cooper 360" instead started his interview asking Jordan if he is part of a "coordinated effort" to discredit FBI special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible collusion between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russia.

The question came just after the airing of a CNN report on Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., who made an impassioned speech from the Senate floor earlier Wednesday imploring the president not to fire Mueller.

Warner said he fears a chorus of calls from Trump's allies in conservative media and in politics might sway him to get rid of Mueller over the holiday break.

"He said there's a coordinated effort to discredit the Mueller investigation," Berman said. "Are you part of a coordinated effort?"

After much back-and-forth, Jordan said he is not, and does not get "talking points" from the White House, though he does discuss the issue with the administration, just as he does other issues.

"I talk to my colleagues, I look at the evidence, and I talk with our press people who book us on your show, and we talk about the coordination that exists between the Clinton campaign and the Russians," Jordan said. "Now, think about this. We know for a fact that the Clinton campaign paid Russians to do what? Influence the election."

Berman continued pressing on the email issue, asking Jordan if he was not partisan on the FBI since he dismissed a recent Vanity Fair story claiming the FBI was anti-Clinton.

"No, no, no," Jordan insisted. "The vast majority of the FBI are great people doing the Lord's work out there. I'm talking about the guys at the top, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, the guy over at the Justice Department, top official, Bruce Ohr who was meeting with the author of the dossier Christopher Steele who met with Fusion GPS, the people who paid for the dossier. I'm talking about those individuals. That's where the concern is, not those doing the great job."

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Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, clashed with a CNN host Wednesday on whether the GOP lawmaker has been coordinating "talking points" with the White House.
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Wednesday, 20 December 2017 09:54 PM
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