Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan has been vociferously defending Donald Trump from impeachment charges even though his “president” literally admitted to a quid pro quo on the White House lawn with cameras rolling. And, even though chief of staff Mick Mulvaney later confirmed that in a bungled interview. But there were times in recent history that Jordan backed impeachment, but not with Trump, who has crossed legal lines since he got into office. A new outlet from Jordan’s state notes the times that Jordan supported impeachment.
“Just as Jordan called for impeaching public officials who didn’t supply the records sought for his investigations Democrats say they’re upset that Trump hasn’t provided the witnesses and documents their investigations sought,” Cleveland.com writes.
This White House has ignored subpoena after subpoena, with different officials refusing to testify.
Jordan has called the impeachment inquiry a “shameful partisan stunt,” but projection is a strong suit with Republicans these days.
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The outlet notes that Jordan has twice in recent years “vigorously sought to impeach a pair of public officials whom he accused of offenses that seem minor in comparison to the accusations against Trump.”
On both of those occasions, the Ohio Republican described impeachment as an “indispensable power that Congress has for holding government officials accountable.”
The article noted Jordan’s efforts in 2015 and 2016 in which he repeatedly urged for impeachment. In one instance, he called for the impeachment of Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen and argued that his agency had destroyed email backup tapes that Republicans in Congress sought to probe whether the Obama administration’s IRS deliberately delayed processing tax exemption requests from conservative groups. Apparently Koskinen failed to respond to — (checks notes) — congressional subpoenas.
And last year, Jordan led an effort to oust Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, arguing that he intentionally withheld embarrassing documents and information from Congress, failed to comply with congressional subpoenas, and otherwise abused the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.”
It was concluded there was no evidence that the IRS targeted conservatives/tea party groups over their political leanings. It was also determined that the IRS also held up tax exemption applications from liberal groups.
Jordan was among 85 Republicans who co-sponsored a congressional resolution that sought Internal Revenue Service commissioner John Koskinen’s impeachment for “high crimes and misdemeanors.”
“The right to pursue impeachment is an indispensable power that Congress has for holding government officials accountable to the American people,” Jordan said at the time. “John Koskinen has been able to get away with stonewalling Congress, obstructing justice, and breaching the public trust. It’s time that Congress held him accountable for his actions.”
Both of the officials were not impeached. However, they are no longer in office. It’s interesting that one of Trump’s most vocal bootlickers is all in favor of accountability, but not with this “president.”
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