Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) doesn’t believe the Department of Justice (DOJ) handled the investigations into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with as much vigor as the agency used in the investigation into members of President Donald Trump’s campaigns.
During an interview on “Outnumbered Overtime” with Fox News host Harris Faulkner, Jordan explained why he continues to question the motives of the DOJ’s investigation into President Trump after comparing it to the investigations into Clinton pertaining to both the Benghazi investigation and her use of a private email server.
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“I’ll tell you what I think most Americans are sensitive to: They’re sensitive to the double standard. I mean, we talk about [former Trump attorney] Michael Cohen. I mean, look, we learned from this information Michael Cohen lied to banks, he lied to the IRS. They were surveilling him and getting information from him much earlier than we thought. We know that he lied to Congress and then came in front of Congress and lied again. But what it underscores to me is, think of the difference between how he was treated, and Michael Flynn was treated, and Roger Stone was treated compared to Secretary Clinton.”
As Jordan alluded, Cohen had his offices raided by the FBI, and Stone was removed from and arrested at his home by a fully armed FBI team. However, recent testimony from former FBI employees Peter Strzok and Lisa Page alleged that Clinton’s lawyers and the Obama administration struck deals with the DOJ to help Clinton out.
Strzok alleged that the DOJ prevented the FBI from investigating emails pertaining to the Clinton Foundation, while Page alleged that the Obama administration pressured the DOJ not to press charges against then-candidate Clinton.
“[Clinton] had 60-some-thousand documents on her personal server, but she and her lawyers […] got to decide on the front end which ones we on the Benghazi committee and the government got to see and which ones were ‘personal in nature,'” Jordan explained.
Jordan believes this is proof of “completely different standards” and “completely different treatment” based on the political leanings of the individuals being investigated.
“As I’ve talked to constituents, particularly in the 4th District of Ohio, they’re troubled by this double standard that exists,” Jordan said.
While it isn’t yet clear when special counsel Robert Mueller will conclude his investigation into the Trump campaign and Russian meddling, Jordan said he believes the investigation will wrap up in the near future.