The same corner of the Republican Party that has recently been frustrated with Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) as she’s allied herself rather closely with House Speaker Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) sounds at about their wit’s end with Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio).
Their point of contention with the prominent Congressman was his deferential treatment of John Durham, the prosecutor who was tasked with investigating the origins of the Russia investigation, which he did for years without much progress. With the investigation now over, Durham took only two cases to trial, both of which he lost with acquittals by the juries on all counts. Some, like Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), have turned in very direct terms against Durham. The Florida Republican even accused Durham of being part of a so-called cover-up of alleged misconduct at the Justice Department in the course of the Russia investigation and how that intersected with Trump.
Gaetz was furious during recent Congressional proceedings, eventually even yelling over Jordan as the latter, who leads the House Judiciary panel, tried to maintain order after Gaetz’s speaking time expired. And all of that provided the context for recent comments from Steve Bannon on an episode of his podcast in a portion highlighted by Ron Filipkowski. Bannon referred to Jordan as “pathetic.” His guests, who included former Trump administration member — and continued close ally to the ex-president — Kash Patel, were in broad agreement with his arguments. The group discussion also included former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark, infamous for his support of Trump’s election conspiracy theories as Donald exited power.
In the comments highlighted by Filipkowski, Bannon was also sharply critical of Durham himself, who the Trump ally described in short as “some worm.” All of this is somewhat of a dud in Trump’s own very specific corner, as Donald had previously promoted — extensively — the work Durham was doing, clearly anticipating some kind of exoneration that never came. Durham never proved any kind of sweeping conspiracy inside the Russia investigation despite all that Republican gusto.
Check it out below:
Steve Bannon, Kash Patel & Jeff Clark roasted Jim Jordan and John Durham today: “Jordan was pathetic .. Let’s be honest, if you didn’t have Gaetz …(Jordan) was making him ‘Saint Durham’ and it’s a disaster.” Then said Durham was “some worm getting beaten by the Democrats.” pic.twitter.com/A3sohUI9Qy
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) June 22, 2023