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Rep. Jordan is Trump’s lapduck: Darcy cartoon

July 1, 2018

Rep. Jordan is Trump’s lapduck: Darcy cartoon

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Rep Devin Nunes is President Trump’s lapdog.  Rep. Jim Jordan is Trump’s lapduck, who quacked himself into becoming the literal laughing stock of the Rod Rosentein-Christopher Wray Congressional hearing.

Jordan’s gerrymandered Ohio district is ducked-shaped.  So maybe it shouldn’t be surprising that its representative acts like Daffy Duck, although it is embarrassing for the district and the state.

If Jordan has a July 4th cookout, you can expect he’ll be the hotdog getting grilled.  That’s what happened when Jordan got burned trying to grill Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein during last week’s Congressional hearing.

Jordan, who routinely comes off as a complete clown, literally became the laughing stock of the Congressional hearing when he asked Rosenstein if he was threatening to subpoena phone calls of House Intelligence Committee staffers.

“No, sir, and there’s now way to subpoena phone calls,” Rosenstein retorted, as the room erupted in laughter.

At another point, Jordan badgered Rosenstein about withholding information and making redactions to documents that have been turned over to Congress.

“I am the Deputy Attorney General of the United States, OK?”, Rosenstein replied.  “I’m not the person responsible for doing the redacting.  Your use of this to attack me personally is wrong.”

“It’s not personal,” claimed Jordan.

“I appreciate you saying it isn’t personal, sometimes it feels that way,” said Rosenstein.

Rosenstein told Jordan, “If you’re interested in the truth, we have a team of folks that are Trump appointees and career folks, and they’re doing their best to produce these documents.”

Nunes, Jordan and other Congressional Republicans are threatening to hold Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray in contempt if they do not fully comply with their document requests, no matter how improper they are, or how much they compromise an ongoing investigation.

In his testimony, Wray noted that thousands of pages of information have already been turned over.  The Trump appointee talked about how he never would have believed that he would be working under the threat of contempt charges.  He talked about how trying to fulfill the document requests has occupied time he would have, and should be been spending on other serious FBI matters.

Jordan and Nunes are not interested in finding the truth.  They are not providing “oversight”.  They are engaging in obstruction for the benefit of President Trump.

It is personal for Jordan.  He’s trying to damage the reputation of Rosenstein to help Trump.

Jordan and other House Republicans are swamping the Department of Justice with documents they know they can’t fully comply with in an attempt to justify trumped-up charges of contempt, that can then be used to justify the removal of Rosenstein.

If Jordan and Nunes get information that compromises the investigation, all the better, they can leak that information  to the Trump camp.

“Watching Rep. Jordan harass Deputy AG Rosenstein, I knew Jim Jordan before he was a reckless demagogue.” tweeted Conservative Bill Kristol.

Fox News anchor Brit Hume called out Jordan for “bullying” Rosenstein.

Steve Schmidt, the strategist who worked on the McCain campaign and the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch, compared Jordan to Sen. Joe McCarthy, in a tweet.

“Jim Jordan is a clown, albeit a dangerous one.  He is an heir to McCarthy, Demagogic, dangerous and faithless to his oath and America.  He is unfit to serve in the Congress.”

Jordan was elected in 2006.  It’s doubtful he could win in a district that wasn’t gerrymandered or a statewide Ohio race.  

Jordan is one of the founding members of far-right Freedom Caucus which has only produced gridlock in Congress.

The m.o. of Jordan is to talk all over the person interviewing him, wearing just a shirt and tie, but looking, sounding and acting like he should be wearing a straight jacket.

This is the crazy clown some in Congress want to take over for his enabler, Paul Ryan, as Speaker of the House.  That would be a dream come true for cartoonists and Democrats in 2018 and 2020, but a nightmare for Ohio and the United States.