House Judiciary Chair Jim Jordan is desperately trying to spin the damning news on ex–FBI informant Alexander Smirnov.

Representative Jim Jordan seems to be struggling with the realization that Republicans’ impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden appears to be founded on a bed of lies peddled by the Russian government.

On Wednesday, the Ohio Republican got caught up in his own words, insisting that the inquiry still had merit, despite the Justice Department indictment against its primary witness, Alexander Smirnov.

“You said the 1023 is the most corroborating piece of information you have,” CNN’s Manu Raju prompted the Freedom Caucus politician on Wednesday, referring to the FBI’s FD-1023 form that documents Smirnov’s claims, which he is now accused of completely making up. In December, Jordan claimed the 1023 form constituted the “key” impeachable offense.

“It corroborates but it doesn’t change the fundamental facts,” Jordan responded, trying to flip the script and maintain that Biden was still involved in his son’s business dealings during his vice presidency.

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    Representative Jim Jordan seems to be struggling with the realization that Republicans’ impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden appears to be founded on a bed of lies peddled by the Russian government.

    Implying he didn’t already know…

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      I give it fifty-fifty odds he’s just that incompetent.

      I’m not sure which is worse, to be honest.

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        He just ignores facts that don’t agree with the conclusions he’s already made. His time ignoring the criminal sexual abuse in his previous career has paid dividends.

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          yup. there’s two alternatives: he knew it was bullshit, and his ignorance was willful, or he didn’t know and he’s fucking incompetent.

          it comes down to: did he do due diligence on the whistleblower to check his sources credibility? it fits his narrative, so it’s running, but competent assholes do damage control preemptively.

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      Either he knew, incompetently didn’t know, or didn’t care. (Or some combination of these.) I’m not sure which is worst for him.

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      These are the same lying liars that go on about how cons are being “censored” and “cancelled” on social media, and that they have to repeal Section 230 because of their feels, in spite of all evidence to the contrary about how FB, Twitter, Youtube, actually help to promote right wing extremism instead of bothering to police hate speech meaningfully.

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    Republicans love manufacturing a narrative/case based on one person’s (falsified) account. They did it with Saddam’s WMDs, they did it with their false 2020 election claims, (the ‘kraken,’) and they’re doing it with this Hunter Biden BS.

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    “You said the 1023 is the most corroborating piece of information you have,”

    “It corroborates but it doesn’t change the fundamental facts,”

    No, that’s NOT what an FD-1023 does…

    https://socxfbi.org/SFSA/SFSA/Featured-Articles/Message-from-the-FBI-on-the-FD-1023-Request-from-Congress.aspx

    “the FD-1023 is the form our special agents use to record raw, unverified reporting from confidential human sources (CHSs). FD-1023s merely document that information; they do not reflect the conclusions of investigators based on a fuller context or understanding. Recording this information does not validate it, establish its credibility, or weigh it against other information known or developed by the FBI in our investigations.

    It’s the federal form equivalent of “Some… body once told me…”

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    Jim Jordan Spirals When Asked About Losing His Star Biden witness

    Article is literally a single sentence from Jordan.

    Thanks for wasting my time

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      This article is trash, but necessarily for the reason you stated: there’s a video that shows when jim jordan was asked the question. I wouldn’t say he fumbles at all, he lists several reasons why the impeachment should continue. Whether or not their true and a sufficient reason to go along with the impeachment is another question, but I don’t think I’d describe him as fumbling.

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    The amount of connections Republicans have to Russia are just too many.

    It’s been pretty obvious for a while but now it’s just getting ridiculous. This Russian agent literally reported to the “highest level” of Russian government…

    Everyone owes it to Democracy to listen to Maddow’s Ultra podcast covering Hitler’s infiltration of the US congress during the 1930s. The parallels to today are stark.

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    Hey this is the guy that intentionally obscured sexual assault reports and shielded his coworkers from being investigated for rape, right?

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    Are we just going to gloss over the fact that the FBI informant accused of working with the Russians is named Alexander Smirnov?? Like the vodka? I get that this is unfortunately real life, but the script writers are getting lazy

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    Jordan claimed the 1023 form constituted the “key” impeachable offense.

    “It corroborates but it doesn’t change the fundamental facts,” Jordan responded, trying to flip the script and maintain that Biden was still involved in his son’s business dealings during his vice presidency.

    Hmmmmm, what ever is a FD-1023?

    An FD-1023 (CHS Reporting Document) is the form FBI agents use to record raw, unverified reporting from confidential human sources. FD-1023s merely document that information; they do not reflect the conclusions of investigators based on a fuller context or understanding. Recording this information does not validate it, establish its credibility, or weigh it against other information known or developed by the FBI in our investigations.

    Huh, looks like “key” impeachable offense is worthless, unverified information. Who could have ever seen this coming?

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    Gotta be my favorite of the day…

    RAJU: You said the 1023 [which included the false claims] is the most corroborating piece of information.

    JORDAN: It corroborates, but it doesn’t change those fundamental facts.

    RAJU: But it’s not true.

    See, in GOP politics, truth is optional.

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    The devious Russian plan to make Hunter Biden look like a 1980’s beer commercial character. Americans famously hate it when you snap your fingers and the Swedish bikini team shows up and your dog is wearing sunglasses and a Hawaiian shirt.

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    Hunter Biden would make a much better president than Cheeto Benito.