Congressman Jim Jordan, who was announced this week as one of the GOP-appointed members of the January 6 select committee, has provided a preview of the message Republicans put out to defend the former president. Donald Trump.
Ohio Republican told independent He wants to blame the Democrats for creating a culture where political violence is allowed, especially in the context of the Black Lives Matter protests in the summer of 2020.
“I think it’s important to point out that the Democrats have created this kind of environment to normalize rioting, normalize looting, normalize anarchy in the summer of 2020 and I think that’s an important thing to see.” There is information,” said Mr. Jordan.
Representative Adam Schiff, who was chosen by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as one of the committee’s Democratic members, said he would not comment on Mr Jordan’s specific words when asked about him.
“All I can say is that Jordan was chosen because that’s what Kevin McCarthy and Donald Trump want because they’re not interested in getting to the truth,” said Schiff, who is chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and Trump’s first impeachment manager. Were. impeachment, told independent.
Mr Jordan is one in five Republican members Appointed by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, along with Reps Jim Banks of Indiana, Kelly Armstrong of North Dakota, Troy Nehls of Texas and Rodney Davis of Illinois.
Mr. Banks will be the leading Republican on the committee and will lead the Republican Studies Committee, and he echoed Mr. Jordan’s point of view in his statement announcing his appointment on Monday.
“If Democrats were serious about investigating political violence, this committee would study not only the riots at the Capitol on January 6, but also the hundreds of violent political riots last summer when many more innocent Americans and law-enforcement activists were involved in the investigation. The officers were attacked,” said Mr. Banks said. He also pointed to the death of Capitol Police Officer William “Billy” Evans, who was killed in car attack.
But Mr. Jordan, one of the founding members of the House Freedom Caucus, a thorn in the side of Republican leaders, has emerged as a vocal defender of the president, particularly on the House Judiciary Committee, where he is the ranking Republican.
In reference to Ms Pelosi, Jordan told reporters: “I think the one question that needs to be answered is why there was no proper security presence that day and obviously only the speaker can answer that question.” can.” But Mr Jordan said he doubted the committee would look into it and possibly find a way to blame Mr Trump.
Mr Nehls, a former sheriff who helped the police During the riots, Said said the goal of the investigation was to investigate what caused the incidents.
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“I just think that what is the whole purpose of the commission is to investigate the incidents that happened on January 6 and maybe even before that and dive deeper into it,” he said. “Is that why the committee was formed?”
Like Mr Jordan and Mr Banks, Mr Nehls voted to object to the election results that day. but, In form of Washington Post famousMr. Nehls had earlier called the riots “criminals”. At the time, he also said that the riot was an “insult”.
He tweeted at the time, “I was proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with the Capitol Police barricading entrance in my hallowed House hall, while trying to defuse the situation while talking to protesters.”
The Texas Republican said he was optimistic about working with the Democrats.
“Why not? I have Democrats working on some criminal justice reform with me right now,” he said.
Adam Kizinger, who voted to impeach Mr Trump, called Mr McCarthy’s choice “a mixed bag”.
“I think, a couple fair mediators and a couple who had made up their mind, so it would be an interesting dynamic to watch,” said Mr. Kinzinger, who along with Rep. Liz Cheney was one of only two Republicans who voted. Form a selection committee. Mr Kizinger said he hoped his fellow Illinoisan Mr Davis, the ranking Republican on the House Administration Committee, would be an impartial arbiter.
“It will definitely be an interesting dynamic, that’s for sure,” he said.
But New York’s Rep. Jerry Nadler, who is the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, condemned Mr. Jordan’s selection because his history had fueled conspiracy theories.
“He is still convinced that Trump is president,” Nadler said.
But Pete Sessions, a Republican from Texas, also said he wants Republican members to have more experienced lawyers.
He said, “We have a lot of formal people who work as lawyers and I believe that they are more adequately exposed to the approach of law and the variation and nuances of law than a business person like me. Come,” he said.