A member of Congress from Ohio, Rep. Jim Jordan, has indicated that he would not cooperate with the select committee examining last month’s riots, which he also accuses of conducting an unfair political witch hunt.
Representative Bennie G. Thompson (D-Mississippi), the committee’s chairman, received a letter from Mr. Jordan, in which he said that he had “no relevant information” that may be of use to the members of the committee in response to a request by the panel to interview him in December.
According to Mr. Jordan’s letter, which was acquired by The Washington Times, the request “is well beyond the scope of any reasonable investigation, breaches key Constitutional principles, and would serve to further weaken legislative standards.”
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) January 10, 2022
Earlier this week, Mr. Jordan responded to a request from the committee to meet with members in order to gather information on what role Republican legislators may have had in the Capitol riots.
During his testimony, Mr. Jordan said that he believed the committee was deliberately targeting Republicans and that the inquiry was being conducted in a politically motivated way.
Just in: House Republican Jim Jordan suggests in letter he won’t cooperate with Jan. 6 committee, calling the investigation “far outside the bounds of any legitimate inquiry” — an arguments courts have rejected.
— Hugo Lowell (@hugolowell) January 10, 2022
— The Hill (@thehill) January 10, 2022
In his statement, Mr. Jordan wrote, “Even if I had material to offer with the Select Committee, the actions and remarks of Democrats in the House of Representatives demonstrate that you are not conducting a fair-minded and impartial investigation.”
Mr. Jordan went on to say that he was in the House chamber on January 6, 2021, when pro-Trump activists stormed the Capitol and occupied “official responsibilities.”
Jordan was initially picked by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy in July to be one of five Republicans to participate on the panel looking into the incident. He was then replaced by Representative Chris Smith.
However, he and Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana were rejected by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, since they opposed to the certification of President Biden’s win in the 2020 presidential election.
In her statement, Mrs. Pelosi said that their selections to the committee may have an influence on the “integrity” of the probe.
Politics on Capitol Hill continues to be polarized over the panel and its investigation into the incident, with Democrats emphasizing the group’s importance and Republicans decrying it as a political investigation.
It is headed by seven Democrats and two Republicans, Representatives Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, both of whom have been vocal in their opposition to President Donald Trump’s administration.
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