Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio defended Congress’ decision to have a closed-door hearing with FBI agent Peter Strzok, saying it will make it easier for lawmakers to get the full truth.
“Transparency is important,” Jordan said on “Fox & Friends” Tuesday. “We’re certainly not getting enough of it from the Department of Justice. But I do agree with having Peter Strzok first in a closed session where we can ask him all kinds of questions. And we have longer than five minutes and you can get the answers that we need, so that if and when there’s going to be an open hearing we will know that information.” (GOP Rep. Jim Jordan Wants New Law To Protect Journalists)
Jordan said he supports publicizing the proceedings after the initial closed-door session, but claimed Congress needs to ask Strzok specific questions in private.
“There’s a host of questions that we need to get through. So I’m fine with it first starting behind closed doors and then if it needs to be public we can do that too,” Jordan said.
“This is the first time we’ve been able to talk to Strzok. We actually wanted to do this months ago. Mr. Meadows and I have been pushing to have Lisa Page and Peter Strzok for a deposition months ago. But we’re just now getting there,” he concluded. “Let’s do the deposition and then if we need to let’s have a hearing publicly so the American people can give all the information.”
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