Jim Jordan lays out 3 investigations a GOP-led House would pursue

The Ohio Republican also said Biden doesn't have accomplishments to discuss at the State of the Union address on Tuesday evening.

Updated: March 1, 2022 - 12:32am

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During a pre-State of the Union media day on Capitol Hill, Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, was asked to identify the top investigative priority House Republicans would pursue if the GOP takes back the House in November 2022.

Unable to limit himself to just one, Jordan instead enumerated three.

"All the lies from the misinformation, the disinformation from [Dr.] Fauci and the CDC," he began. "That is because they knew from the get-go [coronavirus] came from the lab, likely came from a lab, gain of function likely done, and our tax dollars were used."

His second priority was the illegal immigration crisis at the southern border.

"I mean, this is intentional, this is deliberate, there's no other logical conclusion you can reach," Jordan said. "So we have to investigate the border situation, two million illegals crossing our border in one year, just wrong." 

The GOP's third investigative target as the House majority party is related to the "weaponization" of the Department of Justice and "parts of government to go specifically against parents," said the pro-Trump stalwart.

Jordan was referring to federal efforts to investigate parents who speak out at local school board meetings. Lawmakers have written to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland about a memo directing federal law enforcement to become involved in addressing purported threats "against school administrators, board members, teachers, and staff." The Garland memo was prompted by a letter to President Biden from the National Association of School Boards likening parents sounding off at school board meetings to terroists.

"There are others, but those are the top three" priorities, Jordan said. "And all three of those have connections to the Judiciary Committee, which is the committee I get the privilege to serve." 

Jordan also said Biden doesn't have accomplishments to discuss at the State of the Union address on Tuesday.

"I don't know what message he's going to have because it's hard to talk about it," he said. "Tell me what they've done right. So normally you come to a State of the Union to talk about the accomplishments, but there aren't any. There just aren't.

"We went from a secure border to chaos. We went from stable prices to record inflation. We went from safe cities to record crime. We went from energy independence to the situation we have now with $4 or $5 gas and the president begging OPEC to increase production, the spectacle of that, and then there's the foreign policy issue and of course, maybe most important, is what they've done to our personal liberties over the last year."