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Rep. Jim Jordan Refuses to Cooperate with House Jan. 6 Inquisition


Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan on Sunday formally refused to cooperate with the House January 6th Inquisition. 

“Your attempt to pry into the deliberative process informing a Member about legislative matters before the House is an outrageous abuse of the Select Committee’s authority,” Jordan wrote in a letter to Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson. 

He also said that he has “no relevant information that would assist the Select Committee in advancing any legitimate legislative process,” Just the News reports

The committee believes Jordan is a material witness because he spoke with Trump on the day of the riot at the Capitol and reportedly texted with Mark Meadows in the days leading up to January 6th. 

A committee spokesperson said Jordan’s letter “fails to address the principal [basis] for the Select Committee’s request for a meeting, including that he worked directly with President Trump and the Trump legal team to attempt to overturn the lawful results of the 2020 presidential election.” 

“Mr. Jordan has admitted that he spoke directly to President Trump on January 6th and is thus a material witness. Mr. Jordan’s letter to the committee fails to address these facts,” the spokesperson added.

Jordan, who had previously indicated he would cooperate with the investigation, said the committee’s request was “far outside the bounds of any legitimate inquiry, violates core Constitutional principles, and would serve to further erode legislative norms.” 

“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 added.