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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?

 

By Andrew Bradford

Proud progressive journalist and political adviser living behind enemy lines in Red America.

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