January 29, 2023

Jim Jordan: House Committee seeks to interview GOP firebrand on January 6th

Jordan had earlier warned the group that targeting GOP lawmakers in any way could lead to political retaliation if Republicans retake the House after next year’s midterm elections.

Trump’s second ally, the Republican Party of Ohio, received the interview request this week. Pennsylvania Representative Scott Perry It has already rejected the group’s demand for a voluntary sit-in with investigators – promising to continue fighting against the “failures of the extreme left” instead.
Mississippi Democrat Representative Benny Thompson, who chairs the committee, says In a letter to Jordan The panel wants to know more about the January 6 communication with Trump.

“We understand that you had at least one or more contacts with President Trump on January 6. We would like to discuss with you every such communication in detail,” Thompson wrote.

The group wrote in its letter that Trump was watching a television broadcast of the January 6 attack from his private dining room next to the Oval Office and that Trump had tried to delay or prevent it through his legal team. Election count even after the meeting is dissolved.

“And we would like to inquire about any contact you may have with those in the Willard War Room on January 5 or 6, the Trump Legal Committee, White House staff, or those involved in organizing or planning the activities and strategies for January 6. Willard InterContinental on January 6 in Washington. The letter states that the hotel is the “command center” for the election of Trump allies.

The committee proposes to meet with Jordan when he returns to House Washington in the week of January 3, January 4 or January 10. The committee also proposes to conduct an interview in the Jordanian district if it is convenient for Congress.

Jordan’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

SMS sent

Jordan has been identified as one of the lawmakers The then White House Chief of Staff sent a text message to Mark Meadows That group is at his disposal. A message sent to Jordan Meadows on January 5 outlined the legal principle that then-Vice President Mike Pence had the power to stand in the way of the 2020 election certification.

Part of that message was read by the select committee during its January 6 defamation report, before the entire council voted to decide on possible criminal contempt charges before recommending Meadows to the judiciary.

A Jordanian spokesman previously confirmed to CNN that he had sent a text message to Meadows on January 5, which was forwarded to him by former Defense Department Inspector General Joseph Schmidts. Schmidt’s speech included a draft presentation arguing that Pence had the constitutional authority to oppose the certification of election results from certain states.

Interview requests from both Perry and Jordan mark a significant step in the investigation, and could lead to the issuance of group sub-bonuses to lawmakers who voluntarily refuse to cooperate, which can dramatically increase political tensions.

When Perry refused to speak with the group on Tuesday, the group condemned his actions, but stopped saying it offered a sapona.

‘I have nothing to hide’

Jordan has long been seen as a group target. In August, Jordan was on a group of Republican lawmakers whose telephone records were asked to protect various companies. At the time, Jordan warned of the precedent set by the committee if it followed the current members of Congress.

In a letter to Jordan, the committee quoted the Ohio Congress as saying, “I have nothing to hide. I’m always been direct.” Until January 6th.

If the Republicans reclaim the House, Jordan could be in a position to follow the Democrats, who are considered to be the next in line to chair the Judiciary Committee.

Jordan has provided a megaphone for the story of the 2020 election theft.

In an interview with Fox News in December 2020, Jordan said, “I do not know how you can convince me that President Trump has not really won this thing in terms of all the things you see.”

The day before the committee released its letter, Jordan was also a member of the Senate Republican Party. Mike Lee also attended a telephone “presentation” to supporters of the Conservative Political Action Committee, led by Trump ally Matt Schlob, which focused on criticizing the House selection committee. According to a source familiar with the call, an investigation into the January 6 riots is underway.

The invitation, sent exclusively to CPAC supporters, was based on a copy received by CNN about Jordan’s efforts to “protect Americans from the January 6 committee’s extensive sabotage and encroachment.”

This story has been updated with more details.