Rep. Jim Jordan Blows Off January 6 Committee

Representative Jim Jordan (R-OH) recently proclaimed that he would not comply with a request from the January 6 Select Committee, namely that he appear in front of the panel and detail his conversations with Donald J. Trump to various investigators present.

In a letter to Representative Bennie Thompson, Jordan blasted the request as “an unprecedented and inappropriate demand” to attempt analyzing “the basis for a colleague’s decision on a particular matter pending before the House.”

The Ohio representative also remarked that the January 6 Committee is eschewing “a fair-minded and objective inquiry,” in large part due to the fact that the committee has not issued a public request for information from other Democrat members. Jordan referenced House Speaker Nancy Pelosi specifically, arguing that she acted inadequately in terms of protecting Capitol Hill on January 6, 2021, notably by failing to ensure an appropriate level of security.

Consequently, Jordan blasted the request as “an outrageous abuse of the Select Committee’s authority,” observing that it would “set a dangerous precedent for future Congresses.”

The Select Committee was created to ostensibly investigate the origins and causes of the events of January 6, 2021, where a riot took place at Capitol Hill. Jordan had previously been requested to participate in the committee by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy; however, in a surprising move, Pelosi abruptly vetoed two of McCarthy’s choices: Jordan, as well as Representative Jim Banks (R-IN). In response to Pelosi’s partisan move, McCarthy removed his remaining three choices, which resulted in a committee constituted entirely of Democrats.

The committee subsequently sent a letter to Jordan, informing the representative that they were interested in learning about one or more of his conversations that occurred with Trump on January 6, including his communications with the Trump legal team, White House personnel, individuals in the Willard War Room, and a variety of other individuals accused of being involved in planning the events of January 6.

During a committee hearing in October, Jordan remarked that he had spoken to Trump at least once over the course of the day, namely after the attack occurred, though he added that he may have spoken to Trump at one point earlier in the day as well.

In an interview with the Washington Examiner that followed in December, Jordan asserted that Trump had done “nothing wrong” on January 6.