Republican Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) has told the partisan House Select Committee “investigating” Jan. 6 that he will not comply with their requests and “outrageous abuse” of power.
Jordan sent a letter to the Select Committee saying he will not cooperate with their interview request calling it an “unprecedented and inappropriate demand.”
“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,” the Ohio Republican said in a four-page letter.
“This request is far outside the bounds of any legitimate inquiry,” he wrote before adding the request, “violates core constitutional principles and would serve to further erode legislative norms.”
A select panel spokesperson said the committee would respond to Jordan’s letter in the “coming days” to “consider appropriate next steps.”
“Mr. Jordan has admitted that he spoke directly to President Trump on January 6th and is thus a material witness,” the panel spokesperson said.
“Mr. Jordan’s letter to the committee fails to address these facts.”
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) January 10, 2022
But there is little they can do as the committee already said they will not try to subpoena sitting members of Congress because they know they won’t go far in the courts.
According to Politico:
Jordan’s decision follows a similar rejection by Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.), the only other lawmaker whose testimony the committee has requested so far.
Although Thompson initially indicated the committee might pursue various “tools” to force recalcitrant lawmakers to comply, he has since suggested that the panel may have little leverage against lawmakers who don’t cooperate voluntarily.
Instead, Thompson has indicated the panel will use the “court of public opinion” to reveal lawmakers’ conduct ahead of and on Jan. 6 — via obtained messages and testimony — and leave it to them to explain why they didn’t cooperate with investigators.
JORDAN: “This request is far outside the bounds of any legitimate inquiry, violates core Constitutional principles, and would serve to further erode legislative norms.” https://t.co/Q92Mw75tSQ
— Newsmax (@newsmax) January 10, 2022