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Why Jim Jordan can’t save himself—or Trump—from the Capitol riot committee

September 2, 2021

Representative Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) has backed himself into a corner, according to former FBI official Frank Figliuzzi.

Speaking to MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace about the threats from pro-Donald Trump militias expected to riot again on September 18, a group of panelists agreed law enforcement is prepared this time. Representative. Madeleine Dean (D-Pennsylvania) explained that it is clear the January 6 attackers aren’t finished and that they fully intend to move forward with further attacks on the country.

According to a report by Raw Story, Wallace noted that the threats of mayhem are putting the Republican Party in a difficult position because they are in danger of becoming the party of violence and terrorism—and she specifically mentioned Reps. Madison Cawthorm (R-NC), Jim Jordan (R-OH), Lauren Boebert (R-CO), Mo Brooks (R-AL), Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), Jody Hice (R-GA), Paul Gosar (R-AZ), Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Andy Biggs (R-AZ) and Scott Perry (R-PA) as those who had public contacts or associations with Capitol attackers.

Dean noted that Jordan was “glib” when discussing his contacts with President Donald Trump on January 6. He somehow couldn’t remember when he spoke to Trump, but noted that he talks to Trump all of the time.

“So, unlike [Mr.] Cawthorn and the others […whom]t you are talking about, they will get the records,” Dean promised. “They will see who was complicit in terms of whether it was supporting Donald Trump and his lies.”

But while things are moving forward with the investigation, September 18 is a new date that many to fear will spur further Republican violence.

“We have to be very mindful,” Dean said. Because “1/6 is not over. As [Cawthorn] said, it sounds like he might even be a part of some planning for further violence or Americans attacking Americans. It couldn’t be more serious than this.”

But it was ultimately Figliuzzi who explained that Jim Jordan is stuck in a corner with no good way to get out.

“I think we now know why Nancy Pelosi had to reject Jim Jordan,” he said. “He is a fact witness and he’s going to get a very complicated future ahead of him. Here is why: First, he claims that he can’t remember how many times on January 6th he called the president or what time of day, that’s easily remedied by simply checking your phone log and checking that date. If he can’t do it, the phone company will be more than happy to supply the select committee with that. That’s going to happen eventually.

Next, he’s in a trick bag because if he concedes, as has been reported, that he actually called the president and said, ‘stand this crowd down, they’re inside, it is getting violent, you’ve got to stop them,’ that implies, of course, that he believed Trump controlled the crowd and had the ability to stop or start the crowd.”

Figliuzzi explained that is a disaster for Trump, and Jordan will be forced to answer the question one way or another.

“It hurts him because if he thinks the people were violent he goes back home to Ohio and his voter base says,’Wait a minute, those were patriots; those weren’t violent people,’” Figliuzzi continued. “So, he can’t win there either. This gets extremely complicated.”

Research contact: @RawStory

Liz Cheney retains GOP post; Marjorie Taylor Greene’s committee seats remain under threat

February 5, 2021

House Republicans have voted to keep Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming in party leadership, despite her harsh criticism of former President Donald Trump’s role in inciting the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol.

However, they have declined to deprive Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Georgia) a Trump loyalist, of her committee seats, despite her comments embracing conspiracy theories and political violence—and her one-time threat “to put a bullet in [House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi’s head.”

.After a dizzying week of recriminations, both Cheney and Greene remained within the fold of the House GOP, highlighting Republicans’ efforts at stitching together a still-fractious party, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Facing Democrats’ demands that Greene be stripped of her committee assignments, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R- California) condemned her comments but declined to take further steps. With no action from Republicans, Democrats scheduled a full House vote for Thursday, February 4, aiming to remove Greene from the education and budget committees.

“Past comments from and endorsed by Marjorie Taylor Greene on school shootings, political violence, and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories do not represent the values or beliefs of the House Republican Conference,” McCarthy said, according to the Journal.

He said that he stressed in a private meeting with Greene on Tuesday night that she must now hold herself to a higher standard as an elected official. He also said that she apologized for her comments during Wednesday’s closed-door party meeting.

At that same gathering, Cheney defeated a motion from Trump’s allies to oust her as House GOP conference chairwoman in a 145-61 vote, conducted by secret ballot after hours of intense debate.

Republicans made clear Wednesday night that “we’re not going to be divided and that we’re not going to be in a situation where people can pick off any member of leadership,” Cheney said after the vote.

The two debates highlighted the fierce infighting roiling the party as it seeks to define itself after Trump’s election loss—and the eagerness of  McCarthy to knit

As the Journal reports, Cheney was the only member of GOP leadership—and one of ten House Republicans overall—to vote to impeach Trump last month on allegations that he incited the violent mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol.

During Wednesday’s marathon meeting, Cheney said she wouldn’t apologize and didn’t regret her vote, but sought to give more context for the timing of her statement, which she released the night before the impeachment vote. In that statement, she said of Trump: “There has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution.”

Research contact: @WSJ