Republican Rep. Jim Jordan, a close ally of Donald Trump, during an interview with Fox News on Sunday, vowed that the House GOP was going to look into potentially defunding the federal police following the news of Trump’s indictment on Thursday.
Jordan, who serves as the chair of the House Judiciary Committee, stated that Republicans were going to be looking into potentially defunding those agencies that had been involved in the probe into Trump and his indictment. On Thursday, a Manhattan grand jury ordered that Trump was going to be indicted in connection to the $130,000 hush money payment made on his behalf to adult film star Stormy Daniels prior to the 2016 presidential election.
Trump has repeatedly claimed that he had done nothing wrong and that this probe was a political “witch hunt.” During the interview with Fox News’s Maria Bartiromo, Jordan pointed out that they had the power to control funding, which was why they were going to “look at the appropriation process and limit funds” allocated to those agencies that had taken part in the investigation and indictment. This suggestion of funding cuts had come in response to the question of what the committee could do in order to combat the supposed “weaponization of government.”
Bartiromo then asked for clarifications about whether Jordan was referring to the Department of Justice and the FBI, to which Jordan said that he was. Jordan had previously been a vocal opponent of the defunding of the police movement that had emerged following the Black Lives Matter protests in 2020.