Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, a Republican, criticized the Select Committee investigating the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, calling it an unethical campaign tool for House Democrats in an interview.
Jordan, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Pennsylvania Rep. Scott Perry, Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks & Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs were all served with subpoenas earlier in the day. Their unwillingness to sit for interviews concerning alleged meetings with previous president Mr. Trump, Justice Department officials, and organizers of the “Stop the Steal” event, according to committee chairman Bennie Thompson, a Democrat from Mississippi. Jordan has revealed that on January 6, 2021, he talked with Trump “a number of times.”
“We haven’t even got it yet,” Jordan told WMAL presenter and Daily Caller editorial director Vince Coglianese on Thursday. “It’s amazing that the press has it, and they’re talking about it, but we have yet to get that. So I want to read it. We sent a letter in early January where we outlined our concerns about this committee, this, I think, totally partisan, political committee. And frankly, none of our concerns have changed. Frankly, we have more of them now, one of which is that they leaked it to the press, had this all set up with the press before we’ve even seen the subpoena,” per report.
In July 2021, McCarthy tried to designate Jordan as one of five Republican participants on the committee. Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House, opposed his appointment, citing concerns about his “impact… on the integrity of the investigation.” McCarthy subsequently opted to remove all five Republican-appointed committee members.
The only Republicans on the committee are Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger & Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, both of whom were chosen by Pelosi.
“We’ll take a look at the subpoena, but the concerns we laid out in the January letter are still valid and true and frankly, there’s even more concerns that we have,” Jordan stated.
Jordan and the other members might be charged with contempt of Congress if they do not cooperate with the subpoenas. Following chamber-wide votes, former Trump advisors Mark Meadows & Steve Bannon both were charged. Others who were served with subpoenas, like attorney John Eastman, invoked their Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination to escape testifying.
According to Coglianese, the committee was “making communications of any kind with the president of the U.S. into some kind of criminal act.”
“This is the same administration that thinks there needs to be a disinformation board,” Jordan answered. “This is the same administration that’s doing that, and I don’t think we should be surprised.”
“What else are they going to talk about? They’re going to talk about the 41-year high inflation rate. They’re going to talk about the fact that they’re intentionally getting rid of our southern border,” Jordan stated. “They’re going to talk about $4.46 for a gallon of gas.”