‘False on Its Face’: Jim Jordan Calls Out Fauci’s Contradictions, Demands Docs, Interview

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    House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan’s (R-OH) letter-writing has seen a sharp uptick of late. Last Friday, it was Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg and DOJ No. 3 turned lead prosecutor in the Trump Manhattan case Matthew Colangelo; Thursday, it was top prosecutor in the Mar-a-Lago/classified documents case Jay Bratt. 

    Now, Jordan has issued a letter to Dr. Anthony Fauci following his June 3 testimony before the Oversight Committee’s Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic. As Jordan explains, as chair of both the Judiciary Committee and the Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government, he (and the committee) are looking into “how and to what extent the Executive Branch has coerced or colluded with companies and other intermediaries to censor Americans’ speech.” Given Fauci’s role with the COVID-19 Response Team, he’s presumed to have pertinent information. 


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    This isn’t just a polite query, however. Jordan’s letter makes it clear they’re calling Fauci on his BS (emphasis added). 

    The letter asks Fauci to produce communications with the Executive Branch regarding the suppression of information as well as internal communications from NIAID regarding the deletion of content and to contact the committee to set his interview by June 21. For extra fun, it instructs him to review any materials produced to refresh his recollection so that his interview answers are more than just variations of “I dunno.”

    Yes, yes, I know — another sternly worded letter. We’ve all grown a bit cynical about how these things work, but we do need to remember that the process generally involves a letter first, followed by a subpoena. And even those don’t have a ton of teeth when the GOP only holds the House. Jordan and his committees can find witnesses in contempt of Congress and make criminal referrals to their heart’s content, but with a Biden-controlled DOJ, their enforcement capabilities are limited. 

    So, it may not be much, but it’s better than nothing when you consider the information that’s been uncovered during the 118th Congress. Perhaps I’m still too much of an optimist. In any case, we’ll see whether and to what extent “The Science” responds. 

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