Jim Jordan Sniffs Dick Pics While Rome Burns

Yesterday, David Weiss, the US Attorney turned Special Counsel leading an investigation into Hunter Biden that has entered a sixth year, testified to the House Judiciary Committee.

His written statement debunked Gary Shapley’s claims about what he said in an October 7, 2022 meeting, as has the testimony of every other witness who attended the meeting, as well as US Attorneys Matthew Graves and Martin Estrada and (on other matters) Shapley’s supervisors and DOJ’s Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the Tax Division, Stuart Goldberg.

Today, I am prepared to address the misunderstandings about the scope of my authority to decide where, when, and whether to bring charges in this matter. I do not intend to answer questions that could jeopardize the ongoing litigation, our investigations, or the rights of defendants or other individuals involved in these matters.

I am, and have been, the decision maker on this case. I do not, however, make these decisions in a vacuum. I am bound by federal law, the principles of federal prosecution and DOJ guidelines. As a result, there are processes that I must adhere to in making investigative and charging decisions. These processes did not interfere with my decision-making authority. At no time was I blocked, or otherwise prevented from pursuing charges or taking the steps necessary in the investigation by other United States Attorneys, the Tax Division or anyone else at the Department of Justice.

NYT reported that Weiss is fed up with Republican interference in his case.

That Mr. Weiss spoke to the committee before issuing a final report on the investigation reflected his mounting frustration with House Republicans, according to people close to him, speaking on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the matter.

Given Weiss’ insistence that “the career prosecutors on my team and I have made decisions based on the facts and the law” — a common incantation from Abbe Lowell — Weiss may also worry that Republican efforts have surfaced so much evidence that provides Lowell means to cast doubt on that.

Even though Weiss added to all the testimony debunking his conspiracy theories, Jim Jordan nevertheless ran to the frothy media with his attempt to spin some new scandal out of the testimony — this time that DOJ required Weiss to consult with the US Attorneys in DC and LA before asking for Special Attorney status.

Committee chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) told reporters that Weiss said he initially requested special attorney status in spring 2022 from the Justice Department’s principal assistant deputy attorney general, but was not granted it.

“When he was specifically asked, ‘Did you ever request special attorney authority under Section 515?’ Mr. Weiss’ response was, ‘Yes, in the spring of 2022,’” Jordan said.

Merrick Garland has already explained that, publicly, to Jordan’s committee, with Jordan sitting in the room.

It is the normal process of the department is that a US Attorney in one district wants to bring a case in another, they go and consult. It’s perfectly appropriate. They do that in order to determine what the policies are in that district, what the practices are, what the judges are like in that district.

Given what we know from the abundant testimony in this pursuit, neither DC nor Los Angeles’ US Attorney’s offices decided to partner with Weiss on a case against Hunter Biden (the decision was made in both districts by senior career prosecutors, not the Biden appointees). There is reason to believe that all entities, including DOJ Tax attorneys, let Weiss proceed, but did not enthusiastically endorse the proposed charges against Hunter Biden. Estrada, for example, pointed to resource concerns. but also the Justice Manual that DOJ,

only prosecute cases where we believe a Federal offense has been committed and where we believe there will be sufficient admissible evidence to prove a case beyond a reasonable doubt to an unbiased trier of fact.

These are the same principles of prosecution that Weiss mentioned in his statement, principles that say if you can’t prove a case, you don’t charge it.

But in spite of CDCA’s decision not to partner with Delaware, Weiss’ prosecutors had been granted Special AUSA status in Los Angeles even before Estrada was confirmed in September 2022 (and so a month before Gary Shapley had his meltdown), and Weiss and Estrada spoke as recently as September 19 of this year, suggesting ongoing matters in Los Angeles.

Mostly, though, members who attended Weiss’ interview complained that it was “tedious” and a “waste of time.”

Which is why it matters that even as Jim Jordan was blowing six hours on his already debunked conspiracy theories, Republicans were continuing to fail at their most basic job: funding government.

The clock is ticking. Mike Johnson’s House now has less than ten days to fund government, and he still hasn’t decided how he’ll do that.

All these Republicans know how to do — all they care to do — is keep sniffing Hunter Biden’s dick pics. That’s all they’ve done since they got a majority.

And meanwhile, they refuse to do their most basic job.

75 replies
  1. bloopie2 says:

    “And meanwhile, they refuse to do their most basic job.”

    How is it that the first thing that came to my mind was that old saw: “Hi, I’m from the government, and I’m here to help you.”

    Thanks, guys.

    • ExRacerX says:

      There’s a lotta road between what their job is and what they believe it is (providing support to Trump).

    • Fraud Guy says:

      As I’ve said before, never elect someone who thinks government doesn’t work, because they will do everything in their power to prove it.

    • Desidero says:

      Please let’s not wax nostalgic over Reaganisms –
      the US government has done tons to help Americans and tackle difficult problems – no need to even start listing specifics.
      Putting in charge people who want to hamstring and destroy government is certainly going to make Reagan’s aphorism self-fulfilling and over-reaching, but there are so many counter-examples. Yes, government can screw up, but in general we’ve been hugely fortunate.

      • David Brooks says:

        I read that as underlining the point: the government *is* there to help you, and that’s the basic job they are failing at.

        • bloopie2 says:

          Agreed the government in general is something that we want and need, and is good. Can’t imagine a decent life without it. This particular governmental function, though, hardly seems to be helpful.

  2. MsJennyMD says:

    A tweet from Jim Jordan on Holocaust Remembrance Day.
    First, they came for your guns.
    Then, your gas stoves.
    Then, your gas cars.
    What’s next?
    1/27/23 – 1:34 PM

    • Matt Foley says:

      Gym Jordan is fine with 1.1 million lives being taken by covid since no fetuses were harmed and no one was forced to get vaccinated.

        • Rayne says:

          Also assumes no fetuses were miscarried because of COVID, or suffered from birth defects or latent sequelae due to COVID.

          Germano C, Messina A, Tavella E, Vitale R, Avellis V, Barboni M, Attini R, Revelli A, Zola P, Manzoni P, Masturzo B. Fetal Brain Damage during Maternal COVID-19: Emerging Hypothesis, Mechanism, and Possible Mitigation through Maternal-Targeted Nutritional Supplementation. Nutrients. 2022 Aug 12;14(16):3303. doi: 10.3390/nu14163303. PMID: 36014809; PMCID: PMC9414753.

          Giuliani F, Oros D, Gunier RB, Deantoni S, Rauch S, Casale R, Nieto R, Bertino E, Rego A, Menis C, Gravett MG, Candiani M, Deruelle P, García-May PK, Mhatre M, Usman MA, Abd-Elsalam S, Etuk S, Napolitano R, Liu B, Prefumo F, Savasi V, Do Vale MS, Baafi E, Ariff S, Maiz N, Aminu MB, Cardona-Perez JA, Craik R, Tavchioska G, Bako B, Benski C, Hassan-Hanga F, Savorani M, Sentilhes L, Carola Capelli M, Takahashi K, Vecchiarelli C, Ikenoue S, Thiruvengadam R, Soto Conti CP, Cetin I, Nachinab VB, Ernawati E, Duro EA, Kholin A, Teji JS, Easter SR, Salomon LJ, Ayede AI, Cerbo RM, Agyeman-Duah J, Roggero P, Eskenazi B, Langer A, Bhutta ZA, Kennedy SH, Papageorghiou AT, Villar J. Effects of prenatal exposure to maternal COVID-19 and perinatal care on neonatal outcome: results from the INTERCOVID Multinational Cohort Study. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2022 Sep;227(3):488.e1-488.e17. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2022.04.019. Epub 2022 Apr 19. PMID: 35452653; PMCID: PMC9017081.

          • Matt Foley says:

            Yup. The point is that these MAGAs are NOT pro life; they are anti abortion. They show more outrage over 13 dead soldiers in Afghanistan than over 1.1 million covid deaths. They make me sick.

          • Molly Pitcher says:

            My daughter is pregnant, due on Valentine’s Day and I am really worried about this for her. She also lives in Nashville so the issue of any problem with the pregnancy and the draconian laws there is never far from my mind.

            • Rayne says:

              Molly, I’m begging you to make sure your daughter has a burner phone, that she doesn’t load it with any other existing accounts with Google or Apple but creates a temporary burner account for dedicated use, that it’s loaded with Signal app, its location services/camera must be shut off, that you only discuss her health through that phone and Signal, that she has a VPN account installed on it which is not connected to any other account she’s using. She should never load any other apps especially weather apps on that burner because they rely on location. She should treat that phone as if she is planning on attending a sustained protest rally, keep it charged but in a Faraday bag until it’s needed. More help: https://ssd.eff.org/

              And then make a plan B and plan C in case she has problems. If you run into problems, contact me through this site. Believe me I’ve had the same concerns for my daughter; she’s traveling on business in Nashville this week. If she is pregnant and doesn’t know it but has a health emergency right now I’d have to do all of the same stuff for her.

              • Molly Pitcher says:


                Thank you for such detailed information. I will convey all of this to her. She had an ectopic pregnancy the summer before they passed all of the abortion abolition laws, so we have been on tenter hooks for quite a while.

                Fortunately she has an awesome, tough as nails old battle-axe OBGYN that I have tremendous faith in. She has already said she would go to jail for my daughter rather than let anything happen.

                We live in the dawn of the Handmaid’s Tale unless the pro-choice victories of last night spread.

                • Rayne says:

                  Protect her OB/Gyn — you know what that Indiana doctor went through after she treated that 10-year-old rape victim.

              • Molly Pitcher says:

                Also Rayne, if your daughter did have an issue in Nashville you know how to reach me, and we can connect her with my daughter’s OB.

            • harpie says:

              Oh my god, Molly and Rayne! Just the fact that we have to be having this conversation is SO VERY terrifying.

              • Susan D Einbinder says:

                But it’s also awe-inspiring and wonderful that Rayne shared this critically important information. As awful as things are (and they are certainly awful), witnessing someone reaching out to help … helps. Hopefully Molly’s daughter won’t need it, but she can pass it on to other women in her community…

                • harpie says:

                  Oh, absolutely! That is amazing. I can’t even begin to express how grateful I am for this community.

  3. Rugger_9 says:

    I have to wonder how much of this testimony is transcribed (it was supposed to be) and how much hay Abbe Lowell can make out of it.

    I haven’t seen the transcript, so I’ll speculate. It would appear that Weiss tried mightily to downplay what he saw and when to rein in expectations from the HBDP Committee. However, unless he was more careful than prior filings have shown him to be I suspect Lowell is about to get more evidence to show how Weiss was pressured into reneging the plea deal on flimsy accusations backed by Jordan/Comer with a preconceived outcome. Lowell ought to be able to extract the transcript from the committee for specifics.

  4. harpie says:

    Marcy retweets Jordain Carney, who links to a letter Abbe LOWELL wrote to Mike JOHNSON:

    Nov 8, 2023 · 4:24 PM UTC

    Something tells me Abbe Lowell is trolling @SpeakerJohnson […]

    And, so it seems…right there on [pdf2/12]:

    LIE #1: […] Any money paid to his uncle was part of a separate, documented consulting arrangement, and Chairman Comer’s “smoking-gun” check dated weeks later states on its face that it was a “loan repayment.” Period. [<harpie emphasis]

    JOHNSON seems to use that word PERIOD quite often in his speech.

    1] Transcript – HJC hearing [unsure of date]:

    JOHNSON: Roe v. Wade gave a Constitutional cover to the elective killing of unborn children in America. Period. […]

    2] and 3] On his 1/7/22 Truth Be Told podcast with his wife, Kelly trying to explain Congressional insurrectionists’ actions/intentions on 1/6/21:

    JOHNSON: […] And, and, and the reason that I and so many of my colleagues voted to sustain objections, were submitted over the electors, submitted by two of those states, Arizona and Pennsylvania, is very simple, and this is a key point: the slates of Electors were produced by a clearly unconstitutional process, period, right? And, and, I do think it would be helpful for a lot of people ta,ta understand why that is. […]

    Their argument was that Congress just merely assembles, it’s just purely a formality, you just merely count the electoral votes that have been submitted by the states [KJ: Hmmm] period, right? […]

    [OH! “click to edit” THANK YOU!]

    • Rayne says:

      Thanks for posting this, harpie…it just jogged my brain just so that it occurred to me someone should dig into Johnson’s debts — does he have something like a revolving line of credit from which he pays his living expenses? This is how he’d avoid having a reportable bank account. It’d also be a way to receive funds which might avoid if not outright evade income reporting; IOW, someone makes a loan payment for him.

      Ugh. I don’t have time to dig into this one. This is one of those financial oddities in the same unusual terrain as Trump’s springing loan tied to Chicago and Brett Kavanaugh’s paid-off loans.

      • harpie says:

        “Financial oddities” for sure…in my brief look at the “no bank accounts” reporting, I wondered if [and if so, how] a non-profit organization could be involved?

      • earlofhuntingdon says:

        A revolving credit facility: borrow, repay, reborrow in a cycle, used like a cash management account? An unusual work around for a guy with a govt paycheck. Seems like he would have to make a direct deposit of his salary to his lender, characterizing it as a periodic repayment.

        Not something someone with just the usual ordinary income and debts would bother with, except to avoid disclosing what would normally be routine financial transactions. Perhaps the funds flows are not all routine. How would he pay normal monthly debts? Electronic transfers? The number of small transactions is not usual with a revolving line of credit. Mike must have a patient lender.

      • Harry Eagar says:

        Johnson’s explanation — that he has high expenses, low income — was so stupid that it should have sent the Republicans into shock session.

        My guess: he has donated all his income to Jeebus, and Jeebus (who owes no taxes) pays his bills. If he isn’t a tax cheat, I’ll eat my chapeau.

        • CaptainCondorcet says:

          I have friends of my family who do religious-based financial counseling for a couple different churches. While they have a….distinct twist on certain topics because of that context, none of the resources they provide publicly advise anything like what Johnson does. In fact, though this is apparently not “Truth” with a capital T, they actually argue there is a potentially spiritually harmful component to being a borrower unnecessarily, a view I’ve heard before in other religious circles.

          But my family friends also aren’t in a “covenant marriage”. I wonder if an angle that hasn’t been as closely examined but may be connected is the specific church/parish they attend. Obama had to practically bend over backwards to assure he wasn’t on the same page as Wright about everything. I wonder what Louisiana disclosure records are for nonprofits?

        • Rayne says:

          His bullshit financial reporting sounds like the stuff sovereign citizens pull. Worked at place where the IT guy squatted on the business’s domain trying to hold it hostage; the dude freed it when the business threatened to turn him into the IRS for failing to report income for the length of his employment. Dude didn’t have a bank account, either.

        • earlofhuntingdon says:

          Johnson seems too ambitious for that. He seems like the kind of true believer who would want his followers to donate all of their money to their caricature of Jesus.

      • harpie says:

        There’s some debt-digging here:

        Does New Speaker of the House Mike Johnson Have a Bank Account? Speaker Mike Johnson has never listed a bank account on his financial disclosure. In fact, on his newest disclosure he doesn’t list a single asset at all. https://www.thedailybeast.com/does-new-speaker-of-the-house-mike-johnson-have-a-bank-account Roger Sollenberger 11/1/20

        While Johnson might not have money in a bank, he does have a relationship with them. That is, he deals with banks on the liability side, with his disclosures revealing three debts at Citizens National Bank [documents linked]:
        1] a [2/XX/13] 2013 home mortgage valued between $250,000 and $500,000;
        2] a personal loan from [7/XX/16] 2016, between $15,000 and $50,000; and
        3] a home equity line of credit he took out in [2/XX/19] 2019, for an additional amount between $15,000 and $50,000. […]

        Sollenberger goes on to write that JOHNSON also has relationships with bankers.

        • Rayne says:

          I’m not surprised at the three debts Sollenberger itemized which look pretty banal, vanilla. My hinky meter says there’s something else here.

          Johnson first ran for state house in 2015, held a seat until he was elected to Congress in 2016. The personal loan may correlate to debt from self-financing. Johnson’s subsequent re-election(s) to the House may also have involved some self-financing which could explain the 2019 loan. Both of these debts need to be crossmatched/compared to his campaign finance record.

          He had to have been on the right-wing gravy train almost immediately out of college based on his personal history. How did he have enough earning power to qualify for a $250-500K home mortgage based on legal advocacy versus private practice? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Johnson_(politician)

          So hinky.

        • jdmckay8 says:

          there are at least a few christian evangelical preachers who do this. Kenneth Copeland comes to mind, as I recall defying IRS investigators entrance on his property a few years ago. IRS backed off.

          • Matt Foley says:

            Rest assured they all prayed really hard on it and God told them it’s what he wants for them. Are you questioning God’s will?


  5. chocolateislove says:

    The thing that I keep coming back to is do the Republicans even *want* to keep the government open? Other than giving Israel funds, what else do they care about? Defense spending? Border Patrol and ICE? Would the government shutting down keep them from holding their dick pick investigation hearings? Letting the government shut down screws over the IRS, Medicare/Medicaid, Social Security, Health and Human Services, Education. All departments that the GOP wants to minimize or eliminate anyway. The MAGA idiots have enough hubris that I’m sure they think they can blame Biden and the Democrats for the shut down and every one will believe them. You know the press will help them with that narrative. I don’t get the sense that these idiots ran for House seats to actually *do* anything other than troll Democrats. They are cosplaying as Legislators at best.

  6. Molly Pitcher says:

    MSNBC says that Comer is going to subpoena Hunter Biden, James Biden and Robert Walker in what he is calling the first round of Biden subpoenas.

  7. Molly Pitcher says:

    MSNBC says that Comer is going to subpoena Hunter Biden, James Biden and Robert Walker in what he is calling the first round of Biden subpoenas. There were three issued today and there is a list of other family members to come.

  8. boloboffin says:

    Breaking news: Comer and Jordan are issuing subpoenas to James and Hunter Biden. The travesty continues.

  9. OldTulsaDude says:

    In the MAGA world this makes sense. The oversized picture of Hunter has Jordan worried he may lose his title.

  10. Molly Pitcher says:

    The HBDP committee has issued subpoenas for Hunter Biden, Jim Biden and other members of the Biden family, as announced on MSNBC.

    • Rugger_9 says:

      It’s unlikely to be a public hearing, because the last thing that Comer and Jordan want to have mentioned is how long Jordan has blown off a valid subpoena (well over 500 days) or how much the TrumpOrg kids got because of who daddy is. So, I think this hearing will be in camera, with the GOP putting out their Barr-esque ‘summary’ afterward.

      • Lika2know says:

        Lucky for the rest of us, Jamie Raskin has been posting informative summaries of these proceedings.

    • bmaz says:

      That is NOT “caving”, that is the right decision. Random citizens should never bet able to change a presidential election. People that want that are fools.

      • Raven Eye says:

        Actually, that critique may be just a wee bit mild. The Colorado case, being about the primaries, looks like fools wrapped in cowardice.

        If I have this right, there are four Republicans and two independents who are trying to make the courts take the blame for what those six people can’t, won’t, or are unable to do themselves: persuade Republicans voters to not vote for Trump, and persuade unaffiliated voters to not vote for Trump. (In Colorado affiliated voters are eligible to vote for candidates in their party, while unaffiliated voters are eligible to vote for a candidate in any one party’s election.)

        Beyond being stupid, it’s just plain wrong. Would a parallel example allow citizens in a particular county go to court to kick a candidate for state-wide office off that county’s primary ballot?

        • bmaz says:

          As to your last paragraph, yes, if you follow their argument to conclusion, that is exactly what it would mean. That is exactly why I am so adamant about these little county actions being a horrible thing.

    • Ithaqua0 says:

      The Republican Primary ballot. No decision was made about the Presidential ballot; as they said, no law prevents someone ineligible to run for President from being on the primary ballot.

  11. OldTulsaDude says:

    It smacks of desperation when they have to work this hard to appease the bloodlust of their MAGA base. Without the megaphone offered by helpful media types, all they would have is a handful of pixie dust.

  12. The Old Redneck says:

    Pretty obvious they want the spectacle of Hunter coming in and taking the Fifth.

    There are a hefty number of MAGA who have no interest in governing. They find it wonky and boring. All they want are these types of spectacles. Thus we have Jim Jordan, who loves to stir things up in hearings but has never actually passed a bill.

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