The House select committee investigating January 6th Capitol attack has asked that Rep. Jim Jordan (R.Ohio), appear before them to answer any questions about his communications with former President Donald Trump.
The request is voluntary, meaning that Jordan isn’t required to appear by a subpoena. The January 6 Commission wants Jordan to talk with its investigators sometime within the first two week of January at the Capitol or in his district.
Jordan is the second member of House of Representatives to be asked to address the panel. This week, Jordan was asked to speak before the panel. The commission asked Rep. Scott Perry (R.Pennsylvania), to give a voluntary statement.Perry, however, declined the invitation.
Jordan, the top Republican member of House Judiciary Committee and a staunch Trump ally, is Jordan. Kevin McCarthy (R,California House Minority Leader) initially chose him to be a member of the January 6 commission.Along with Trump ally Rep. Jim Baker from Indiana, he was also present. Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of House (D-California), rejected both of these lawmakers for spreading misinformation about the Capitol attack.
“With respect for the integrity of the investigation, with an insistence on the truth and with concern about statements made and actions taken by these Members, I must reject the recommendations of Representatives Banks and Jordan to the Select Committee,” Pelosi stated July.
Rep. Bennie Thompson (D.Mississippi), the chair of the commission, noted in a letter this week that Jordan was in constant communications with Trump in the months following the 2020 election and on January 6, when the Capitol breach occurred.
“We understand that you had at least one and possibly multiple communications with President Trump on January 6th. We would like to discuss each such communication with you in detail,” Thompson saidThe commission also stated that it is interested in communications from the day prior to the attack.
The commission is also seeking information about Jordan’s communications with Trump during the interim period between Election Day and January 6 — specifically discussions about overturning Trump’s election loss to President Joe Biden.
“Public reporting suggests that you may also have information about meetings with White House officials and the then-President in November and December 2020, and early-January 2021, about strategies for overturning the results of the 2020 election,” Thompson wrote.
Jordan was inconsistent in how often he spoke to Trump, January 6, refusing direct answers to the question in television interviews. Jordan was interviewed in July, shortly before Pelosi had rejected him from the commission. Fox NewsInterview whether he spoke with Trump the day of the attack.
“Yes,” Jordan immediately responded. “I mean I’ve talked to the president so many, I can’t remember all the days I have talked to him, but I have certainly talked to the president.”
In the months that followed, Jordan continued to waffle on the answer. In an interview in August, he said he spoke with Trump “more than once” on the day the Capitol was attacked. In a House Rules Committee hearing in October, however, Jordan said he only “may have talked to him.”
In November, Jordan was directly questioned about his willingness to cooperate with the January 6-commission if they asked him.
“Depends on what it is [they want to talk about],” Jordan said. “I’m not going to answer hypothetical questions, but I just think this is a complete sham, what these guys are doing.”