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Jim Jordan says bills should be introduced to hold agencies accountable for political weaponization

The Ohio Representative said steps need to be taken to ensure the federal government can't abuse its power

Published: March 22, 2023 7:43pm

Updated: March 22, 2023 8:37pm

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said that legislation should be introduced to hold federal agencies like the FBI and Department of Justice accountable for investigating American citizens practicing their First Amendment rights. 

The Ohio representative said steps need to be taken to ensure that these kinds of investigations don't occur again. 

Congress needs to "to use the appropriations process," he said on the Wednesday edition of the "Just the News, No Noise" TV show. "To use the power of the purse and say, 'Look, no money can be used to target parents. No money can be used to target pro-lifers and Catholics.'"

The federal government has come under fire in the past two years for the politicization of agencies such as the FBI and DOJ. Examples include an FBI memo that attempted to link "racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists" with "radical-traditionalist Catholic" ideology, and the DOJ's use of counterterrorism resources against parents who attend school board meetings.

Jordan said that other steps included getting the truth out to the American people. 

"Step one: do the investigation and get the facts on the table," he explained. "Get the truth out there for the American people- all the truth and all the facts. Step two: propose and try to pass legislation which will help remedy the situation."

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