Ohio Jordan Rep rejects Jan 6 panel interview request – Twin Cities
WASHINGTON (AP) – Republican Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio, one of former President Donald Trump’s closest allies in Congress, on Sunday rejected a request for an interview from the House panel investigating the insurgency from the Capitol on January 6.
In a combative letter to committee chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., Jordan said, âThe American people are tired of the Democrats’ ongoing investigations and partisan witch hunts. “
He said the interview request “amounts to an unprecedented and inappropriate request to examine the basis for a colleague’s decision on a particular issue pending before the House of Representatives,” adding: “This request is fine. outside the bounds of any legitimate investigation, violates the core constitutional principles and would serve to further erode legislative standards.
Thompson told Jordan in a letter last month that the panel wanted him to provide information regarding his communications with Trump on Jan.6 and Trump’s efforts to challenge the 2020 election result.
“We understand that you had at least one and possibly several communications with President Trump on January 6,” the letter read. âWe would like to discuss each of these communications with you in detail. “
In his response on Sunday, Jordan insisted, “I have no relevant information that would assist the select committee in advancing a legitimate legislative objective.”
He accused Democrats of using the committee as “a partisan club against their political opponents.”
Jordan is a strong supporter of Trump’s false claims about voter fraud. Lawmakers raised the allegations during an October hearing on a motion to contempt former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon for refusing to comply with a congressional subpoena.
At that hearing, Jordan admitted to speaking with Trump on the day of the attack.
âOf course I spoke to the chairman,â Jordan told members of the rules committee, responding to questions from panel chairman, Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass. âI spoke to her that day. I was clear about it. I can’t remember the number of times, but it’s not about me. I know you want to get over it.
The panel is also seeking information on Jordan’s meeting with Trump and members of his administration in November and December 2020, and in early January 2021, “on strategies to overturn the 2020 election results.” Thompson’s letter indicates that the committee is also interested in any discussions Jordan may have had during this time regarding the possibility of a presidential pardon for those involved in any aspect of the attack on the Capitol or the planning of the two rallies that took place. occurred that day.