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Representative Jim Jordan told the Jan.6 House committee on Sunday evening that he would not sit for an interview – setting up a tough choice for the panel as to how far they will go to get information from members of the Republican Congress as the investigation reaches what may be its most politically radioactive stage to date.
“As you are well aware, I have no relevant information that would assist the special committee in advancing a legitimate legislative objective,” Jordan, R-Ohio, said in his Sunday letter. He also lambasted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., And the Capitol Police leadership for allegedly unprepared for the attack.
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Jordan is not the first lawmaker to refuse to speak at committee. Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., Said a few days before Christmas that he would not be sitting for a January 6 committee interview.
Now the panel, led by President Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., Will have to decide what steps it is prepared to take to obtain testimony from these lawmakers, including the potential issuance of subpoenas. He appeared to leave that path open in a statement to Fox News.
“Mr. Jordan has already said he would cooperate with the committee’s investigation, but it now appears that the Trump team persuaded him to try to cover up the facts and circumstances of January 6,” a door said. – speech of the committee. “The select committee will respond to this letter in more detail in the coming days and consider the appropriate next steps.”
The committee also said Jordan did not understand the reasons he gave for his refusal – including that he “cannot speak to President Pelosi’s failure to provide proper security at the Capitol complex.” , or that “a concern about the ‘optics’,” contributed to the “limited security response” of the police.
Mr. Jordan’s letter does not address the main bases of the select committee’s request for a meeting, including the fact that he worked directly with President Trump and Trump’s legal team to try to overturn the results legal requirements for the 2020 presidential election, ”the spokesperson said. . “Mr. Jordan admitted speaking directly to President Trump on January 6 and is therefore an important witness.”
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Jordan, who was chosen for the committee by Parliamentary Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. But barred from taking his seat by Pelosi, also attacked the committee itself for allegedly being biased and seeking a “bias” conclusion.
“I have no confidence that the select committee will fairly or accurately represent any information I may provide,” he said.
The committee faces a compressed time horizon at the dawn of 2022, with a strong possibility that Republicans will return to the House early next year. This could complicate efforts to force testify from resistant Republicans, as the issue may be stuck in court for months.
Fox News’ Ronn Blitzer contributed to this report.