On Thursday, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) delivered a stunning performance during a hearing of the House Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government, where he humiliated former impeachment counsel Rep. Daniel S. Goldman (D-NY). Jordan’s questioning exposed Goldman’s lack of knowledge and credibility on the subject matter.
Jordan began by asking Goldman about his previous statements regarding government censorship of speech. Goldman claimed that the government had never told Twitter to censor any speech, but Jordan quickly produced evidence to the contrary. He showed a letter from the Department of Justice to Twitter, instructing them to remove certain content related to the virus.
“I’d ask unanimous consent to enter into the record the following email from Clarke Humphrey, Executive Office of the Presidency, White House office. January 23rd, 2021, that’s the Biden administration. 4:39 a.m., ‘Hey, folks,’ — this goes to Twitter — ‘Hey, folks wanted to’ — I use the term Mr. — they use the term Mr. — Mr. Goldman just used — ‘wanted to flag the below tweet, and then wondering if we can get moving on the process for having it removed, ASAP,’” Jordan read.
“In fullness of the record, can you — because I have not seen this — can you read the tweet that it is referencing?” Goldman asked Jordan.
“I don’t have the tweet here with me,” Jordan said.
“Shocking,” Goldman replied.
The original tweet wasn’t even necessary to make the point. Jordan had very easily found evidence that the Biden administration had asked Twitter to censor an individual who spoke against the Biden administration’s preferred narrative, even though Goldman said there was no evidence of the government trying to censor lawful speech.
Jordan later found the tweet—it claimed Hank Aaron’s death may have been linked to the COVID vaccine—but that wasn’t enough to satisfy Goldman, who proceeded to beclown himself.
“The gentleman’s point was at no time did the government try to tell Twitter to explicitly remove something,” Jordan explained.
“No, I specifically said lawful speech. Lawful speech,” Goldman said. “The First Amendment does not — is not absolute speech.”
Goldman was visibly flustered and tried to deflect by saying that he was not aware of that specific incident. However, Jordan didn’t let him off the hook and continued to press him on his lack of knowledge about government censorship.
Rep. Daniel Goldman (who bought a congressional seat) says "you cannot find actual evidence of any direct government censorship of lawful speech."
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) March 9, 2023
There’s obviously no unlawful speech there.
This is not the first time that Jordan has made headlines for his tough questioning during congressional hearings. His no-nonsense approach has earned him a reputation as one of Congress’ most effective interrogators.
Goldman’s humiliation at the hands of Jordan is just another example of how important it is for witnesses to be fully prepared when testifying before Congress. Any inconsistencies or lack of knowledge will be quickly exposed by skilled questioners like Jordan.