Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) got into an intense exchange with NBC News Host Chuck Todd on Sunday over the FBI raiding of President Donald Trump’s Mar-A-Lago home in Florida last year.
Meet The Press gets tense as Chuck Todd and Jim Jordan go at each other. (Video: NBC) pic.twitter.com/UGNFPjwPLd
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The back and forth happened on NBC’s show Meet The Press when Todd asked the representative who leads the House Judiciary Committee and the Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government about the groups’ investigations.
Jordan responded to Todd with expressions of hope that the FBI will stop involving itself in election matters and let the people decide who should lead America. “When is the FBI just going to stay out of the election process? Just let we the people decide, let the American people decide,” he said.
Jordan pointed to the FBI’s snoop into Trump’s 2016 campaign before going on to cite other cases of the agency’s undue intervention and involvement in political affairs, including its raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence to obtain classified documents.
“2018 was the Mueller investigation. 2020 they helped suppress the Hunter Biden story. 2022 they raid the home of a former president 91 days before election. Maybe let the American people decide,” he stated.
Todd, however, disagreed with Jordan’s view on the last issue Jordan raised. “You keep talking about this raid on Donald Trump. The amount of time — there was nine months between the initial action of the archives for the request of documents before they even turned it over to the Justice Department. The subpoena was issued 60 days before they actually executed the subpoena.”
“This was not some sort of — you paint it as a picture of the FBI did this, this, and this within hours of each other when it was actually a year and a half of Donald Trump not complying with any of the requests from National Archives,” Todd continued, maintaining that the Mar-a-Lago raid does not count as proof that the FBI is politicized.
Jordan pointed out the FBI’s treatment of Biden in light of his ongoing classified document scandal compared to its treatment of Trump during his classified document investigation.
For Todd, Trump’s apartment raid was not based on bias against him but was a consequence of defying a subpoena. “By the time he had 60 days to comply with the subpoena before they actually executed the search warrant,” he stated, maintaining that the current president and former president were treated equally under the law.