Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, indicated on Sunday that he will not participate with a House select committee probing the Capitol attack on Jan. 6.
Jordan said in a lengthy letter to the panel’s chairman, Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., that he has nothing worth discussing with the committee.
“I have no relevant information that would assist the select committee in advancing any legitimate legislative purpose,” Jordan penned.
Jordan, a strong ally of former President Donald Trump, was among the 147 members who raised challenges to the Electoral College results in January in a last-ditch effort to torpedo Joe Biden’s lawful triumph.
Jordan stated in his letter that the committee’s invitation to talk with him came as a surprise to 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.”
According to NBC news the committee members had urged Jordan to speak with them on Monday. While he did not indicate he is not complying, his words opposing Democrats’ inquiry make it plain that he does not intend to participate.
“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.
Jordan was informed last month that the committee wanted to talk to him about his conversations with former president Donald Trump on the day of the riot.
Jordan’s letter prompted the committee to request a meeting with him since “he worked directly with President Trump and the Trump legal team to attempt to overturn the lawful results of the 2020 presidential election.” according to a committee representative.
“Mr. Jordan has admitted that he spoke directly to President Trump on January 6th and is thus a material witness,” the statement reads “According to the spokesman. “Mr. Jordan’s letter to the committee fails to address these facts. Mr. Jordan has previously said that he would cooperate with the committee’s investigation, but it now appears that the Trump team has persuaded him to try to hide the facts and circumstances of January 6th.”
Jordan was also one of the senators whose text conversations to then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows were published last month by the committee.