In posts on Twitter, a conversation with the Daily Signal, and an op-ed in Newsmax, Rep. Jim Jordan outlined 18 questions he said Americans deserve answered in regards to the FBI’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. Saying the American people “deserve to know whether or not the FBI worked to protect one presidential candidate while harming another,” Jordan laid out in meticulous detail the top questions that would point us to the truth.
“This isn’t about partisan politics,” Jordan wrote. “This is about equal treatment under the law, justice, and self-government – that’s why the American people deserve answers to these questions.”
Among his questions:
“Did the FBI pay Christopher Steele, author of the dossier?”
In truth, we’re less interested in that than in the prospect that they were thinking of paying him, which is pretty much already a matter of public record. Whether or not they ever made the deal is secondary; the fact that they were going to already shows you where the FBI leadership’s head was.
“Was the dossier the basis for securing FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) warrants to spy on Americans? And why won’t the FBI show Congress the FISA application?”
This IS a question we need the answer to, and the longer the intelligence community goes without answering it, the more suspicious their silence becomes. We have virtually no doubt at this point that the answer is yes, meaning the FBI’s entire investigation was and is based on a phony piece of opposition research from the campaign.
“Did the FBI validate and corroborate the dossier?”
This one is an easy no, since the story presented in the dossier is one of abject treason. Donald Trump would not currently be president if they had corroborated the dossier with evidence; he would be in a prison jumpsuit.
Jordan moves on to a series of questions about Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, the FBI employees caught exchanging text messages about Trump, and Bruce Orr, a Justice Department lawyer who turned out to have deep ties with Christopher Steele and Fusion GPS. And yes, we desperately need answers as it pertains to all of these shady characters.
We especially like this one: “Why did Lisa Page leave special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe two weeks before Peter Strzok? This was two weeks before FBI and Special Counsel even knew about the texts.”
We also like this one: “Why did Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson meet with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya before and after her meeting with Donald Trump Jr.?”
There may be nothing particularly newsworthy about Jordan’s questions, but putting them all together like this does a fine job of clarifying just how much of a mess we have on our hands. There is no intelligence official, past or present, who can answer these questions in such a way that satisfies our need for an independent, honest investigation of the facts. It can’t be done. Too much of this is wonky beyond repair, and it’s because this case was never built on anything more than rumors, innuendo, and a deep, abiding hatred for Donald Trump.