- Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, said he will “look into” the firing of former CBS News journalist Catherine Herridge.
- Herridge, a veteran investigative reporter, covered the Hunter Biden scandals.
- After she was fired by CBS, the company confiscated Herridge’s notes and files.
- Read more about Catherine Herridge’s firing from CBS News
House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan revealed that he is investigating the recent firing of a journalist whose most recent job was delving into Hunter Biden.
Catherine Herridge, a veteran reporter who covers intelligence and national security, was among hundreds of CBS employees who were laid off by parent company Paramount last week.
Herridge was covering investigations into the Biden family when the network seized his personal notes after his firing, a move that SAG-AFTRA, the CBS workers union, calls “completely inappropriate” and “highly unusual.”
Some of the seized materials reportedly included information from confidential sources.
“We’re trying to dig deeper into this,” Jordan revealed to a humming crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Friday. “It’s terrifying what’s happening to Catherine.”
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, who chairs the House Judiciary Committee, told the crowd at CPAC that he will “look into” the firing of veteran CBS News journalist Catherine Herridge.
Herridge had been reporting on the Biden family at the time she was fired last week.
The union representing Herridge criticized CBS News for confiscating her files after she was fired.
“What CBS has done just doesn’t make sense and it’s something we’re going to dig deeper into.”
SAG-AFTRA, the union representing Herridge, issued a statement Thursday saying it “strongly condemns CBS News’ decision to seize Catherine Herridge’s reporting and investigation from its office, including information from confidential sources.”
The investigative journalist had recently covered the House impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden, special counsel Robert Hur’s report on his handling of classified documents and the criminal charges against Hunter Biden.
In an earlier statement to DailyMail.com, CBS denied allegations that it had improperly confiscated Herridge’s files and said it had returned the materials to him.
“What happened here seems very, very bad in my opinion because they took over everything,” Jordan told the crowd.
“These are your sources, your information,” he continued, “that just doesn’t happen when you’re talking about the press.”
Hunter Biden’s businesses have been questioned during recent congressional hearings into his father’s impeachment inquiry.
Jordan, who also sits on the House Oversight Committee, has been in closed-door hearings with a host of Hunter Biden’s colleagues, including his uncle, James Biden.
Citing sources, the New York Post claimed that Herridge had been investigating a story involving Hunter Biden’s abandoned laptop and had “encountered obstacles” from management over his coverage of the First Son.
Jordan called CBS’s seizure of Herridge’s documents “a further invasion by people on the left” of First Amendment rights.
Meanwhile, Herridge is in the middle of a high-profile court battle over his refusal to reveal the sources of articles he wrote in 2017.
A judge has demanded that he reveal sources used in a series of articles about a Chinese-American scientist who was investigated by the FBI but never accused of wrongdoing.
The case is ongoing.
As for Hunter Biden, “he will testify next week at our deposition,” Jordan said.
“We’ll have some questions for him,” he added.
CBS News did not respond to a request for comment on the investigation by the Judiciary chairman.