As he does in interviews, Gymnasium Jordan takes forever to ask a question, and then interrupts the answer every time it doesn’t go the way he wants it, which is pretty much every sentence in this exchange.  Of course he doesn’t want an answer.  He wants to assert the question without a meaningful response.  The question should be simple (notwithstanding Jordan’s run-on sentences) – “Why didn’t Senator Jordan know about the lunch conversation before last week’s testimony?”

A fair question and the answer of course requires a context of numerous conversations taking place at the time in question, where he had reported the conversation to one person and then went on vacation assuming that it had been conveyed to Taylor.  By the time he returned there were so many conversations in discussion and everyone pretty much knew that they had to convince the President to release the aid.  It wasn’t until Taylor’s deposition was released on November 6 and Holmes had the opportunity to review it, that Holmes realized that Taylor wasn’t aware of the lunch conversation and so informed Taylor and so it came up in the testimony last week.   I mean, I guess Jordan wants everyone to believe that Holmes just made it up, except that there are two corroborating witnesses who have also spoken to the committee, so we’re talking a conspiracy.  If Jordan really believes that Holmes is lying, then why isn’t he demanding that the other two witnesses be brought to question as well?  He doesn’t.  But he wants people to believe Holmes is lying, even if Jordan won’t say that outright.

But he certainly does not want clarity here.  He wants a confusing chopped up transcript so that viewers will not hear Holmes’s explanation.   I mean, literally, Jordan goes on and on and won’t let the witness get a sentence out.  This is what McCarthy did to witnesses (and even fellow Senators) in the Senate often.  It’s what Specter and Simpson did to Anita Hill.  It’s what you do when you really just want your words to be heard, and not the response.   You get to make your statement-disguised-as-question, and you make sure nobody understands the response.

Only Holmes does pretty well to get it out anyway, and you can almost see the steam coming out of Jordan’s ears.