Jim Jordan Rejects Jan. 6 Panel Request to ‘Voluntarily Cooperate’

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House Rep. Jim Jordan is rejecting the House Select Committee’s request from him to voluntarily cooperate with their requests and turn over information about his conversations with former President Trump.

The Washington Examiner reports:

“It amounts to an unprecedented and inappropriate demand to examine the basis for a colleague’s decision on a particular matter pending before the House of Representatives,” the Ohio Republican said in a Sunday letter to Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, chairman of the committee.

In the letter, Jordan said the committee is not “conducting a fair-minded and objective inquiry” because it has not publicly requested information from Democratic members. He pointed the finger at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for not doing more to ensure a strong security posture at the Capitol before the attack.

“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,” Jordan said, warning that it would “set a dangerous precedent for future Congresses.”

In a letter to Rep. Jordan, the Jan. 6 committee said it wanted to talk to the Congressman about at least one conversation with Trump that day. The panel also wanted to know about Rep. Jordan’s involvement in what it claimed were “strategies for overturning the results of the 2020 election.”

“At the time of the security breach of the Capitol, I was present in the House chamber performing my official duties pursuant to the U.S. Constitution and federal law. The other topics referenced in your letter likewise relate to the performance of official duties,” Jordan said.

Rep. Jordan has fiercely criticized the panel for acting beyond its authority. The panel sought “voluntary cooperation” from one other House Republican, Scott Perry. However, the Pennsylvania Republican also turned down the panel’s request.

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