Jim Jordan declined a Jan. 6 interview, setting up option for committee to subpoena legislators


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Representative Jim Jordan told the House Jan. 6 committee on Sunday night that he would not sit down for an interview – it would set a tough choice for the committee on how far it would go to get information from Republican congressmen when the investigation reaches what could be. Still a politically radioactive stage.

“As you are well aware, I do not have any relevant information that will help the selection committee to advance any legitimate legislative purpose,” Jordan, R-Ohio, said in his Sunday letter. He has provoked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., And the Capitol Police leadership on charges of impeachment.

Representative Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, speaks at a press conference on Friday, June 4, 2021 at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, DC, US. Photographer: Ting Shen / LOVEBYLIFE via Getty Images
(Ting Shen)

Republican Rep. Scott Perry declined an interview with January. 6 The Committee asserts that this is illegal

Jordan is not the first legislator to refuse to speak to the committee. Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., Said he would not sit down for an interview with the Jan. 6 committee just days before Christmas.

Now President Rep. The committee, headed by Benny Thompson, D-Miss., Will have to decide what steps to take to get evidence from those lawmakers, including potentially subpoenas. In a statement to LBL, the line seemed to be left open.

“Mr. Jordan has previously said he would cooperate with the committee’s investigation, but the Trump team has persuaded him to try to hide the facts and circumstances of the Jan. 6,” a committee spokesman said. “The selection committee will respond to the letter in more detail in the next day and consider appropriate further actions.”

The panel said Jordan missed the reasons for its refusal, including “the speaker cannot speak about Pelosi’s failure to ensure proper security posture at the Capital Complex” or concerns about “optics”. “Contributing to the” limited security response “of the police.

President Rep.  Benny Thompson, D-Miss., Met with the Jan. 6 attack selection committee, who is set to hold its first hearing on Tuesday, July 26, 2021 in Capitol Hill, Washington.  The committee investigates what went wrong around the Capitol when hundreds of Donald Trump supporters rushed into the building and rioters brutally attacked the police, hunted down lawmakers and disrupted Democrat Joe Biden's election victory over Trump.  (AP Photo / Andrew Hornick)

President Rep. Benny Thompson, D-Miss., Met with the Jan. 6 attack selection committee, who is set to hold its first hearing on Tuesday, July 26, 2021 in Capitol Hill, Washington. The committee investigates what went wrong around the Capitol when hundreds of Donald Trump supporters rushed into the building and rioters brutally attacked the police, hunted down lawmakers and disrupted Democrat Joe Biden’s election victory over Trump. (AP Photo / Andrew Hornick)
(AP Photo / Andrew Hornick)

“Jordan’s letter failed to address key points of the Select Committee’s request for a meeting, including working directly with President Trump and the Trump legal team to try to undo the legal results of the 2020 presidential election,” the spokesman said. . “Mr. Jordan acknowledges that he spoke directly with President Trump on January 6 and is thus a material witness.”

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. Jordan, who was elected to the committee by him, but was obliged to take Pelosi’s position, attacked the committee for wanting a partisan and “predetermined” decision.

“I am not confident that the selection committee will fair or accurately represent any information I provide,” he said.

The committee is facing a shrinking time horizon as it enters 2022, with a strong possibility that Republicans will withdraw the House early next year. This could complicate any efforts to force evidence from underrepresented Republicans, as the issue could be waged in the courts for months.

LBL’s Ron Blitzer contributed to this report.

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