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Tags: jim jordan | house judiciary committee | fbi agent | peter strzok

Rep. Jordan: Questioning Strzok Behind Closed Doors Necessary

Rep. Jordan: Questioning Strzok Behind Closed Doors Necessary

By    |   Tuesday, 26 June 2018 02:19 PM EDT

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, defended the decision by the House Judiciary Committee to question FBI agent Peter Strzok behind closed doors.

Strzok was removed from special counsel Robert Mueller’s team and is due to be interviewed by the Judiciary panel on this week.. He was subpoenaed after a report from the Justice Department revealed new anti-Trump texts between him and colleague Lisa Page.

President Donald Trump has called for the panel’s questioning to be “shown to the public on live television, not a closed-door hearing that nobody will see."

But Jordan told TV’s "Fox & Friends" on Tuesday: "Transparency is important. 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."

"I’m fine with it starting behind closed doors and then if it needs to be public we can do that too."

Jordan maintained committee members must be able to ask Strzok detailed questions in private. He noted that he and Rep. Mark Meadows R-N.C. have been pushing for months to get answers from Strzok.

"This is the first time we’ve been able to talk to Strzok," he said. "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. 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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Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, defended the decision by the House Judiciary Committee to question FBI agent Peter Strzok behind closed doors.
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Tuesday, 26 June 2018 02:19 PM
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