The House panel investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol has given Ohio Representative Jim Jordan until June 11, two days after the first televised hearing is scheduled to air in prime time, to answer the House Select Committee’s questions about his role in Donald Trump’s effort to overturn his 2020 election loss that led to a deadly attack on the US Capitol on January 6.
Jordan has been scrambling, trying to use delay tactics to avoid testifying under oath before the panel.
After being subpoenaed, the recalcitrant Republican sent a letter berating the committee before asking it to turn over all the information they have on him.
It turns out that House investigators already know a lot about the Ohio Republican’s actions before, during, and after the insurrection.
As noted by Raw Story, the Committee provided “a timeline of Jordan’s ‘meetings, calls and communications’ with Trump administration officials about those efforts:”
Nov. 6, 2020: Jordan requested a call with then-attorney general William Barr the day before the election was called for Joe Biden and also communicated with White House chief of staff Mark Meadows about efforts to “pressure” Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolfe to audit his state’s presidential election results.
Nov. 9, 2020: The lawmaker participated in a meeting with senior White House officials to develop a “blueprint” for the Trump campaign’s strategy after the election was called for Biden, arguing the president’s loss was tainted and announcing legal actions to challenge the results.
Nov. 14, 2020: Jordan took part in a meeting between Trump campaign officials and members of Congress where Rudy Giuliani announced the campaign would cast doubt on the results by linking Dominion Voting Systems to Venezuelan leaders Hugo Chavez and Nicolas Maduro and Antifa activists in the U.S.
Dec. 21, 2020: Jordan participated in a meeting with Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Trump’s legal advisers and more than a dozen lawmakers about a strategy to challenge the electoral certification on Jan. 6, 2021.
Jan. 5, 2021: The congressman communicated with Meadows to advise Pence to object to certifying electoral votes that he believed were unconstitutional, which various Trump legal advisers and the president himself had urged the vice president to do against the advice of White House counsel.
Jan. 6, 2021: Jordan spoke to Trump for 10 minutes at 9:24 a.m. and at least once after lawmakers were evacuated to a secure location after the president’s supporters attacked the U.S. Capitol, and he also told Meadows the president’s congressional allies were losing enthusiasm “now that their revolt would be covered only by C-SPAN.”
The House Select Committee has said that the Republican’s refusal to cooperate is “a continued assault on the rule of law.”
“It sets a dangerous new precedent that could hamper the House’s ability to conduct oversight in the future,” Jan 6 panel’s spokesman Tim Mulvey said before adding that both Jordan and House minority Leader Kevin McCarthy are “hiding behind debunked arguments and baseless requests for special treatment.”