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Ciara O'Rourke
By Ciara O'Rourke June 12, 2023

House committee hearing mischaracterized on social media

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  • This doesn’t happen in the video. 

U.S. House Committee hearings can get relatively rowdy, but a recent Facebook post overreached in describing old footage. 

"‘WHAT ARE YOU HIDING’ Nadler SCARED S------- after Jim Jordan DEMANDS to play EVIDENCE video," reads the description of a video in a June 5 post.

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In the clip, U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, didn’t demand to know what U.S. Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., was "hiding," nor did any other members of the House Judiciary Committee when they met that day in October 2021.

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Jordan, among other Republicans, criticized a U.S. Justice Department initiative to protect school board officials who faced threats of violence. After Jordan finished his remarks, he wanted to air a video he said showed parents speaking at school board meetings. Another committee member objected, and Nadler, then the committee chair, upheld an objection. 

Jordan pushed back on the decision, accusing Nadler of censorship. But he didn’t ask Nadler what he was hiding. Another committee member, Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, asked Nadler, "Mr. Chairman, what are you afraid of?" while referring to the video. But there was no sign that Nadler was hiding anything. Nadler, meanwhile, didn’t appear scared. 

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