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Rep. Jim Jordan Questions DOJ on SpaceX Investigation, Links Lawsuit to Elon Musk’s Twitter Purchase

During a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) redirected his line of questioning after learning that the Department of Justice (DOJ) had initiated an investigation into Elon Musk’s SpaceX during the previous administration of President Donald Trump.

Jordan addressed Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke, inquiring about a civil rights investigation into SpaceX, where the DOJ had accused the company of allegedly discriminating against asylum recipients and refugees in hiring practices.

Curiously, Jordan questioned whether Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter influenced the DOJ’s decision to file the lawsuit against SpaceX. However, Clarke promptly reminded Jordan that the investigation had commenced during Trump’s administration.

“The investigation into SpaceX was open during the last administration,” she clarified, emphasizing that the DOJ had taken action under the Immigration and Nationality Act, a law passed with bipartisan support and signed by President Reagan, told The Daily Caller.

Undeterred, Jordan pressed on, asking about SpaceX’s alleged wrongdoing, prompting Clarke to explain that the DOJ accused the company of non-compliance with the anti-discrimination provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act. She clarified that the discrimination was against individuals with refugee and asylum status, who, under federal law, held equal standing to U.S. citizens and naturalized citizens.

Despite the clarification, Jordan persisted, suggesting that the lawsuit was filed because SpaceX hired too many Americans after Elon Musk’s Twitter acquisition. Clarke refuted the claim, asserting that the DOJ applies the laws provided by Congress without bias.

The exchange shed light on the contentious nature of the hearing, with Jordan attempting to link the lawsuit to unrelated events and Clarke emphasizing the DOJ’s commitment to enforcing anti-discrimination provisions in immigration law.

Rhiannon Ingle
Rhiannon Ingle
Journalist at the Medialinker Group
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