Representative Jim Jordan rejected the invitation of the chairman of the House select committee investigating the Capitol Riot to appear before the panel, calling the investigation the latest in a series of “witch hunts” against Republicans and former President Donald Trump.
“The American people are fed up with the Democrats’ relentless inquiries and partisan witch hunts” Jordan (R-Ohio) wrote in a four-page letter to Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) on Sunday.
Jordan, one of the 45th President’s most vocal allies in Congress, said the interview request amounted to “an unprecedented and inappropriate request to examine the basis for a colleague’s decision on a particular pending issue. before the House of Representatives “.
“This demand goes far beyond the limits of any legitimate investigation, violates fundamental constitutional principles and would serve to further erode legislative standards,” he added.
Thompson wrote to Jordan on December 22 asking him to voluntarily appear before the committee to discuss his communications with Trump on January 6, 2021, as well as any attempt by the Trump administration to overrule the presidential election results of 2020.
“We understand that you had at least one and possibly several communications with President Trump on January 6. We would like to discuss each of these communications with you in detail, ”Thompson wrote in his letter to Jordan.
“And we also want to find out about any communications you had on January 5 or 6 with those of the Willard. [Hotel] War Room, Trump’s legal team, White House staff, or others involved in organizing or planning actions and strategies for January 6, ”Thompson said.
In his response, Jordan said, “I have no relevant information that would assist the select committee in advancing a legitimate objective.”
Jordan said that at the time of the riot he was in the House “carrying out my official duties in accordance with the United States Constitution and federal law.”
The Ohio Republican went on to say he was not aware of any efforts to have House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), The chair of the House administration committee, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), or any other Democrat, appear before the committee. to talk about their role in monitoring security before chaos erupts.
“This double standard confirms our suspicion that the Democrats are using the select committee as a partisan stick against their political opponents and not to advance a legitimate goal,” Jordan wrote.
Lawmakers previously admitted to having conversations with the former president on January 6 last year during a House Rules Committee hearing last October into the detention of former White House adviser Steve Bannon for contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena from the select committee.
“Of course, I spoke to the president,” Jordan said at the time. “I spoke to him that day. I have been clear on this. I don’t remember the number of times, but it’s not about me. I know you want to get out of this.
Thompson’s letter says the committee also wants to ask Jordan about the events leading up to January 6, including “strategies to overturn the 2020 election results.” The president also said the panel wished to ask Jordan about discussions on granting presidential pardons to those involved in the January 6 riot or the planning leading up to it.
A number of former Trump administration officials have spoken to the committee before, including former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham.
The committee is also seeking a voluntary appearance from former Vice President Mike Pence.
Pence refused to accept Trump’s demands to withdraw his certification of electoral votes on Jan.6, saying he did not have the constitutional authority to do so.
New York Post