Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, one among former President Donald Trump’s closest allies in Congress, on Sunday rejected a request for an interview by the Home panel investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol rebellion.
In a combative letter to committee chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), Jordan stated, “The American individuals are uninterested in Democrats’ nonstop investigations and partisan witch hunts.”
He stated the interview request “quantities to an unprecedented and inappropriate demand to look at the premise for a colleague’s choice on a specific matter pending earlier than the Home of Representatives.”
“This request is way outdoors the bounds of any professional inquiry, violates core constitutional ideas and would serve to additional erode legislative norms,” he added.
Thompson informed Jordan in a letter final month that the panel needs him to supply info surrounding his communications with Trump on Jan. 6 and Trump’s efforts to problem the results of the 2020 election.
“We perceive that you simply had not less than one and presumably a number of communications with President Trump on January sixth,” the letter learn. “We want to talk about every such communication with you intimately.”
In his response Sunday, Jordan insisted, “I’ve no related info that may help the Choose Committee in advancing any professional legislative objective.”
He accused Democrats of utilizing the committee as “a partisan cudgel towards their political adversaries.”
Jordan is a staunch supporter of Trump’s false claims about voter fraud. The lawmaker introduced these claims up throughout an October listening to on a movement to carry former White Home chief strategist Steve Bannon in contempt for refusing to adjust to a congressional subpoena.
In that listening to, Jordan admitted that he spoke with Trump on the day of the assault.
“After all, I talked to the president,” Jordan informed members of the Guidelines Committee, in response to questioning from the panel’s chairman, Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass. “I talked to him that day. I’ve been clear about that. I don’t recall the variety of occasions, however it’s not about me. I do know you need to make it about that.”
The panel can be searching for info concerning Jordan’s assembly with Trump and members of his administration in November and December 2020, and in early January 2021, “about methods for overturning the outcomes of the 2020 election.” Thompson’s letter stated the committee can be inquisitive about any discussions Jordan could have had throughout that point concerning the potential for presidential pardons for folks concerned in any side of the Capitol assault or the planning for the 2 rallies that came about that day.