The January 6 Committee tells Jim Jordan what he doesn’t want to hear

For nearly a year, Representative Jim Jordan has presented himself as a model for transparency when it comes to the January 6 date. bragged repeatedly He has “nothing to hide” from those who have questions about what he knows.

The House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol continues to give Jordan the opportunity to support these allegations. Things are not going well.

Shortly before Christmas, a bipartisan plate arrived with it to the far-right congressman, asking for his voluntary cooperation. to reject. Three weeks ago, the commission took things to the next level and summoned Ohio. Jordan responded by questioning the “constitutionality and validity” of the subpoena, and made a series of demands he expected to meet before he even thought about answering the questions.

Axios Report In short, the Republican had all kinds of expectations, “including giving him the material with which he plans to interrogate him in advance, along with all the documents that the commission refers to him.”

Yesterday, as a note talking points mentionedthe committee responded in a way that Jordan might not like.

The January 6 selection committee rejected on Tuesday [Jordan’s] List of demands where I issued a stern warning to comply with the subpoena by the end of next week… In a letter dated Tuesday, Committee Chair Representative Penny Thompson (Democracy-MS) dismissed Jordan’s “misplaced” justification for skipping past the deadline. In response to Jordan’s question about the commission’s validity, Thompson wrote that the nine-person commission was “duly constituted and empowered” by US District Court decisions.

Jordan was originally required to comply with a congressional subpoena by May 27. Clearly, that deadline has come and gone. Now, instead of providing Ohio with the materials he requested, the commission gave him one more thing: an extension.

Jordan now has until June 11 to fulfill the legal summons.

The committee added that cooperating with the investigation could give Jordan an opportunity to “formally resolve the contradictions in your public statements about the events of January 6”.

Jim Jordan attends a press conference with members of the Republican Physician Caucus after a meeting of the Republican House of Representatives at the US Capitol on January 19, 2022.
Jim Jordan attends a press conference with members of the Republican Physician Caucus after a meeting of the Republican House of Representatives at the US Capitol on January 19, 2022.Tom Williams/AFP

At this point, there are a few remaining questions to keep in mind as the process progresses. The first is whether Mr. Nothing To Hide may finally fulfill this legally binding demand for testimony. By all appearances, this is highly unlikely: no one Of the five Republican members summoned by the January 6 committee who expressed a willingness to cooperate in any way, Jordan will almost certainly ignore yesterday’s correspondence.

The second is what the committee will do if/when the Republican Representative misses his June 11 deadline. At this point, there will be a limited number of options, but the committee will likely seek a vote of disdain against it.

The third is why Jordan’s testimony is so important. back to coverage From last week, the congressman, whether he’s ready to admit it or not, has a unique perspective that will advance the greater search for the truth. Ordinary readers can Re-CallNew York times mentioned Several months ago, for example, the Ohio lawmaker attended crisis meetings at Trump’s campaign headquarters on November 9, just two days after Joe Biden was elected president.

The Times too mentioned In which the far-right congressman participated Meeting at the White House In late December 2020, he conspired with Donald Trump about how best to challenge the election results.

Soon, on January 5th, Jordan forwarded a message to then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, describing a scheme in which then-Vice President Mike Pence could help dismiss election results that Republicans disliked.

Wyoming Representative Liz Cheney, Republican co-chair of the bipartisan committee, insist on Months ago, Jordan’s perspective was of critical importance precisely because he “has been involved in a number of meetings in the run-up to what happened on January 6, and was involved in planning for the day of January 6, certainly for the objections that day.”

In other words, it’s not just a random Republican vote. Jordan has important insights to share, if only if he follows his “nothing to hide” affirmations.