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Jim Jordan Demands To See Evidence Against Him Before He Agrees To Obey Subpoena From Jan. 6 Committee

Apparently under the impression that he can manipulate the House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) is demanding that the committee show him all of the evidence that led to him being subpoenaed by the panel for his testimony.

The Guardian reports that Jordan’s absurd request was made Wednesday:

The response by Jordan – the top Republican on the House judiciary committee who spoke to Donald Trump on January 6 – stopped short of a refusal to comply with his subpoena, though it was not clear how he would proceed if the panel refused his request.

In the six-page letter sent to the select committee and obtained by the Guardian, Jordan demanded House investigators share with him all materials they intended to rely upon in questioning, materials in which he is referenced, and legal analyses about subpoenaing members of Congress.

“Because your subpoena is an unprecedented use of a committee’s compulsory authority against another member,” Jordan said in his letter, “I respectfully ask for the following material so that I may adequately further respond to your subpoena.”

Jordan has repeatedly contradicted himself on how many times he spoke with failed, one-term former President Donald Trump on Jan. 6 and has also refused to fully disclose what he and Trump said as the riots were taking place.

The Ohio Republican is also attempting to suggest that the Jan. 6 committee has no legal right to subpoena him, but such an assertion is undercut by previous court rulings on the powers of congressional committees and could come back to bite Jordan:

But the letter, which challenged the legality of the select committee and its subpoenas, appeared to be something of a gambit for Jordan, too. For one thing, it was not clear whether Jordan wanted to face the consequences for defying a subpoena if his demands were not met.

The response from Jordan – finalized on Tuesday and sent to the panel on Wednesday – also included complaints that House investigators had not acted in good faith by issuing a subpoena around four months after Jordan apparently declined to give voluntary assistance.

If Jordan has nothing to hide as he has repeatedly claimed, why is he refusing to testify and tell his side of the story?

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Trump Complained About Pence Being Taken To Safety On 1/6 – Said VP Should Be Hung: Report

As rioters were storming the Capitol on January 6, 2021, then-President Donald Trump saw crowds of people chanting “Hang Mike Pence!” and said he agreed with them, getting upset when it became clear that the vice president had been whisked to safety by the U.S. Secret Service.

According to The New York Times:

Shortly after hundreds of rioters at the Capitol started chanting “Hang Mike Pence!” on Jan. 6, 2021, the White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows, left the dining room off the Oval Office, walked into his own office and told colleagues that President Donald J. Trump was complaining that the vice president was being whisked to safety.

Mr. Meadows, according to an account provided to the House committee investigating Jan. 6, then told the colleagues that Mr. Trump had said something to the effect of, maybe Mr. Pence should be hung.

It is not clear what tone Mr. Trump was said to have used. But the reported remark was further evidence of how extreme the rupture between the president and his vice president had become, and of how Mr. Trump not only failed to take action to call off the rioters but appeared to identify with their sentiments about Mr. Pence — whom he had unsuccessfully pressured to block certification of the Electoral College results that day — as a reflection of his own frustration at being unable to reverse his loss.

Of course, this shouldn’t surprise anyone who actually knows what the failed, one-term, twice-impeached former president is capable of.

For example, Trump reportedly made fun of his own father, Fred Trump, as he faded into the darkness of Alzheimer’s disease, as first reported back in 2017 in the book Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man by Mary Trump, the ex-president’s niece:

“Among the family drama that Trump is set to spill in the book is how the current US president ‘dismissed and derided’ his father ‘when he began to succumb to Alzheimer’s,’ which he was diagnosed with in 1993, according to Simon & Schuster.”

Donald Trump is a complete asshole. He always has been, even as a child:

Dennis Burnham was four years younger and lived around the corner from Donald. He inherited his own impression of his neighbor from his mother, who warned that he should “stay away from the Trumps.”

“Donald was known to be a bully, I was a little kid, and my parents didn’t want me beaten up,” said Burnham, 65, a business consultant in Texas.

Once when she left Dennis in a playpen in a back yard adjoining the Trumps’ property, Martha Burnham returned to find Donald throwing rocks at her son. “She saw Donald standing at the fence,” Dennis Burnham said, “using the playpen for target ­practice.”

Should it surprise anyone that Donald was willing to see his own VP hang from a scaffold if it would allow him to remain as president indefinitely? If it does, then you simply haven’t been paying attention.

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Former Prosecutor Says He Believes Trump Gave ‘Blanket Pardons’ To His Family So They Wouldn’t Be Charged For Jan. 6

Former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner says he found it odd Rudy Giuliani, Don Jr. and Ivanka Trump, along with former White House senior adviser all agreed to testify before the House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 Capitol insurrection instead of delaying such testimony by fighting all the way to the Supreme Court.

Why would such high-level former Trump aides be willing to talk to the Jan. 6 committee? Could it be because they had no fear of being prosecuted for what they said because failed, one-term former President Donald Trump handed out sealed blanket pardons in the final days of the administration?

It should also be noted that Trump also appointed three new Supreme Court justices during his four years in office, giving him a nice 6-3 conservative advantage on the highest court in the land should any of those pardons come up for review in the federal courts. One of those justices, you might recall, had been accused of sexual assault and being a drunken asshole during his college years.

Also, if you accept a pardon, you waive your Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, so maybe Rudy, Don Jr., Ivanka, and Jared knew a long and involved appeal process would have been pointless because any court would have ruled against them since they had been pardoned.

There may be some fire connected to that smoke. With the Jan. 6 committee due to start public hearings on June 9, we may all learn exactly what behind the scenes machinations Trump put in place in order to cover his ass and those with a family connection.

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WATCH: GOP Voter Unable To Respond When Asked Why Trump Didn’t ‘Stop’ Antifa If They Were Responsible For Jan. 6

A Republican voter in Georgia who tried to blame “Antifa” for the January 6, 2021 Capitol insurrection could only shrug his shoulders when asked why Trump failed to stop the rioters.

“Morning Joe” contributor Elise Jordan was speaking with voters in the Peach State on the eve of primaries in the state. Failed, one-term former President Donald Trump is supporting ex-Georgia Sen. David Perdue for the GOP gubernatorial nomination, but polls show Perdue is losing by as much as 32 points to incumbent Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp.

When Jordan asked a question about Jan. 6, one man told her:

“There was a lot of bad stuff that happened that day, I agree. But I believe the portion of people that were troublemakers is very small. No. 2 how many of those troublemakers were actually Antifa or intentional troublemakers?”

The man then continued:

“There’s a whole series of questions that don’t add up, and you have to go through this much boilerplate and crap to find the three nuggets of truth or hard fact or information that really matters. I’m frustrated by the entire thing, I want to forget about it, but I looked at every photograph in the [Atlanta Journal-Constitution], about 20 photos that day. All the ones smashing and bashing and crashing, 25, 28 years old, skinny jeans with the beards. I said to myself, ‘That’s not the normal Republican.’ I mean, look at us here. I mean, maybe he was paid to do that.”

As if that wasn’t bad enough, the man began spinning all sorts of debunked conspiracy theories about what transpired on Jan. 6:

“None of it makes any sense. When you read about, you know, Ray Epps being at the one gate that fell first, when you read about the Molotov cocktails left at the DNC the night before with only a mechanical kitchen timer, not anything remotely triggered, so after 60 minutes, the timer can’t be activated. Kamala Harris went to the DNC. Bombs were found by her crew at 11:50, 12:50, within five minutes of Ray Epps giving the orders to crash the first barrier barrier. Then the riots started because the police had to withdraw from that area and investigate the molotov cocktails. There is so much going on when you bore down into the facts.”

Jordan perfectly shut down the man by asking:

“Let’s take a step [back]. So if this was happening, and it was Antifa, then why didn’t President Trump whip into action and stop it? He didn’t tweet, he didn’t call off the dogs. Why was that?”

The man could only smile wanly and shrug his shoulders, unable to find a single word to back up his nonsensical fantasies.

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More ‘Bombshells’ Coming From Jan. 6 Committee Early Next Week: Report

Having subpoenaed five Republican members of Congress this week — including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) — the House Select Committee on the January 6 Capitol insurrection is expected to make headlines again early next week with yet another round of what are being called “bombshells.”

According to a report from Axios:

The Jan. 6 committee may seek testimony from additional lawmakers as soon as next week, ahead of blockbuster TV hearings that kick off next month, Axios has learned.

Of particular interest in the Axios report is that more subpoenas could be in the offing, too, though no one with knowledge of the panel could definitively say so:

Chiefs of staff and other aides to members of the House select committee were told Friday on their weekly call with committee staff to brace for more bombshells ahead of the June 9 start to public hearings, according to two sources on the call.

Security for the planned public hearings which begin in June are also underway, with U.S. Capitol Police providing regular updates and giving a formal briefing on May 20.

If there are more subpoenas, some could be for Republican senators, including Ted Cruz (TX) and Josh Hawley (MO), both of whom were eager to delay certification of the 2020 electoral votes when Congress met in joint session on Jan. 6, 2021 for the purpose of formally declaring Joe Biden as winner of the presidential race over former President Donald Trump, who lost by over 7 million popular votes.

Theoretically, there could also be subpoenas for Trump and former Vice President Mike Pence, though both would probably fight such a move by attempting to tie up the matter with court appeals.