Representative Jim Jordan (R-OH) has declared his intent to not cooperate with the House select committee investigating the events of January 6th. He joins the ranks of Scott Perry (R-PA), former Trump strategist Steve Bannon, and former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows. While Bannon has been charged with contempt and Meadows has charges recommended against him, committee chair Bennie Thompson (D-MS) admits there is little he can do to compel testimony from sitting members of Congress. It was to him that Jordan issued his statement.
According to NBC:
In his letter, Jordan said the committee’s request to speak with him “amounts to an unprecedented and inappropriate demand to examine the basis for a colleague’s decision on a particular matter pending before the House of Representatives. This request is far outside the bounds of any legitimate inquiry, violates core Constitutional principles, and would serve to further erode legislative norms.”
Jordan had been asked by the committee members to meet with them on Monday. He has repeatedly bashed the investigation by the committee, which House Speaker Nancy Pelosi barred him from participating in. Despite his strongly worded letter, it remains unclear what communication, if any, Jordan might undertake with the committee.
“Even if I had information to share with the select committee, the actions and statements of Democrats in the House of Representatives show that you are not conducting a fair-minded and objective inquiry,” he said.
Indeed, last month the committee exposed their bias against Jordan specifically. It released an edited text message between Jordan and Meadows, neglecting to acknowledge that the message was forwarded advice from conservative lawyer Joseph Schmitz and not Jordan’s own words. It also truncated the text to misrepresent the content. The committee has since apologized for its behavior.