The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol accused Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanJim Jordan rejects Jan. 6 panel’s request to cooperate in investigationJan. 6 chair says panel will move this month to ask Pence to testifyNo, Jan. 6 wasn’t worse than 9/11, nor is democracy at risk: Here’s whyMORE of backtracking on his commitment to cooperate with it after the Ohio Republican said Sunday he would refuse to voluntarily appear before the panel.
Mr. Jordan has previously said that he would cooperate with the committees investigation, but it now appears that the Trump team has persuaded him to try to hide the facts and circumstances of January 6th. The Select Committee will respond to this letter in more detail in the coming days and will consider appropriate next steps, a committee spokesperson said Monday.
Jordan previously said he has nothing to hide about his actions surrounding Jan. 6.
In a four-page letter sent to the committee Sunday night, Jordan said he has no relevant information that would assist the committees investigation.
At the time of the security breach of the Capitol, I was present in the House Chamber performing my official duties pursuant to the U.S. Constitution and federal law. The other topics referenced in your letter likewise related to the performance of official duties. Your attempt to pry into the deliberative process of informing a member about legislative matters before the House is an outrageous abuse of the select committees authority, Jordan wrote in the letter shared on Twitter.
This unprecedented action serves no legitimate legislative purpose and would set a dangerous precedent for future Congresses.
The panel requested Jordans assistance in a Dec. 22 letter largely geared toward learning more about the lawmakers communications with former President TrumpDonald TrumpJim Jordan rejects Jan. 6 panel’s request to cooperate in investigationRebecca Kleefisch raises .3 million in Wisconsin gubernatorial bid Raffensperger knocks ‘double-minded’ Trump-endorsed challengerMORE. Jordan has acknowledged he spoke with the president that day.
The committees Monday statement goes further, alleging that Jordan had knowledge of Trumps plans for contesting the election and that the former presidents legal team may be pressuring the Ohio lawmaker not to cooperate.
Mr. Jordans letter fails to address the principal bases for the Select Committees request for a meeting, including that he worked directly with President Trump and the Trump legal team to attempt to overturn the lawful results of the 2020 presidential election. Mr. Jordan has admitted that he spoke directly to President Trump on January 6th and is thus a material witness. Mr. Jordans letter to the committee fails to address these facts, the committee continued in their statement.
Beyond his communications with the president, other texts from Jordan have also surfaced during the committee investigation. Texts from Trump chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsFox News tops ratings for coverage on Jan. 6 anniversary eventsMeadows asks Supreme Court for ‘prompt’ answer on Trump Jan. 6 lawsuitJan. 6 and the GOP’s masterclass in the emptiness of wordsMORE show Jordan forwarded him a text message calling for then-Vice President Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceJan. 6 chair says panel will move this month to ask Pence to testifyMeadows asks Supreme Court for ‘prompt’ answer on Trump Jan. 6 lawsuitSchumer makes plea for voting bill, filibuster reform in rare Friday sessionMORE to buck his ceremonial duty to certify election results.
And another text from Meadowss trove showed that Fox News Host Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityFox News tops ratings for coverage on Jan. 6 anniversary eventsJan. 6 and the GOP’s masterclass in the emptiness of wordsDivision reigns over Jan. 6 anniversaryMORE also communicated with Jordan, apparently raising new possible options ahead of the Jan. 20 inauguration.
Jordan is one of three from whom the committee has sought voluntary cooperation. Similar letters have been sent to Hannity and Rep. Scott PerryScott Gordon PerryJan. 6 chair says panel will move this month to ask Pence to testifyThis week: Congress returns to anniversary of Jan. 6 attackJan. 6 panel eying subpoenas to force Republican reps to cooperateMORE (R-Penn.).