Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan says that Congress has “an obligation” to continue investigating Hillary Clinton, despite Donald Trump’s recent comments suggesting that he will go easy on the former secretary of state.
“Congress has an obligation to do oversight,” Jordan, a Republican member of the House Judiciary Committee, said in an interview with Fox News on Wednesday.
“When you think about equal treatment under the law, it’s incumbent upon us to get to the facts and get to the truth here so that the American people know that, in fact, there is a standard in place called equal treatment under the law.”
Jordan’s pledge comes a day after Trump appeared to reverse course on a campaign promise to prosecute Clinton for exchanging classified information on a private email server.
“It’s just not something that I feel very strongly about,” Trump said during an interview with The New York Times.
“I don’t want to hurt the Clintons — I really don’t,” he continued, adding, “She went through a lot and suffered greatly in many different ways.”
Jordan said that while he “can understand [Trump’s] point of view,” Congress has a constitutional obligation to continue to investigate Clinton.
“The records law looks like it was violated in this situation relative to her emails and keeping records while she was at the State Department. And then of course there’s the whole Clinton Foundation information,” said Jordan, who also served on the House Select Committee on Benghazi.
Jordan noted several examples he says showed that the Obama administration’s investigation of Clinton was tempered by political motivations. He pointed out that Attorney General Loretta Lynch met with Bill Clinton in secret just days before the investigation was officially closed. The Justice Department’s decision to grant immunity to five people involved in the Clinton email fracas was also evidence that the investigation was rigged, Jordan said.