During an appearance on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures,” Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) threatened to cut funding to the FBI in response to the revelations from whistleblower testimony and the Durham report.
Special Counsel John Durham released a report last week that detailed the abuses committed by the FBI during the Russia Collusion Hoax and investigation into former President Donald Trump. Durham is reportedly scheduled to testify before Congress about the report, according to Jordan.
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) May 16, 2023
Just a few days later, three whistleblowers testified before the House Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government.
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) May 18, 2023
In response to these revelations, Jordan argues that the FBI’s budget may need to be cut in order to combat the politicization and weaponization of the bureau.
“What are you going to do about it? We just spoke with Kevin McCarthy about his call with Christopher Wray. It is what is is: Wray is still running the FBI. You’ve said you want to use the appropriations process to fix this. How will that fix things?” Fox News host Maria Bartiromo asked Jordan.
“Well, in the end, money always gets people’s attention. And so, what we’re going to have to do is say, ‘Hey, FBI, you can’t use federal tax dollars, you can’t use the American tax dollars for this kind of activity.’ We got to limit how they spend the money,” the Ohio congressman replied.
Jordan, who serves as chairman of both the Judiciary Committee and the Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government, went on to note that the House of Representatives needs to use their authority to fight back against the federal government’s attacks on the American people.
“So we have to use the appropriations [process],” he said. “That’s the power that the Founders wanted the legislative branch — and in particular the House, where, constitutionally, every spending bill, every tax bill, has to originate in the House — they wanted that body, which stands for election every two years, to be the body closest to the people deciding how we spend the money. So we have to exercise our authority, the power of the purse, to limit what the federal government, what the FBI and Justice Department, are doing to the American people.”
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) May 21, 2023
Bartiromo then pressed Jordan about whether a bill to cut FBI funding will be introduced.
“So that appropriations process is underway now. When will we see a bill that actually, uh, cuts back on funding for the FBI?” she asked.
“Speaker McCarthy and Republicans have committed to doing all 12 appropriations bills that fund the government over the next several months,” Jordan responded. “I think the first one will be coming out in the next couple weeks. We’ve been meeting with the appropriations staff, our staff on the Judiciary Committee, to work on how we can limit money, American tax dollars, being used in these ways and deal with the overall budget that the FBI and the DOJ is receiving.”