LIMA, OH – In a Washington Post article published last night about how multiple members of Congress are potential witnesses to former President Trump’s actions and state of mind on January 6th, Jim Jordan made comments that indicated he may have spoken with Trump during the attack:
“Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) also rejected the idea that he or others should be subpoenaed to testify about their interactions with the former president.
“‘I think this commission is ridiculous, and why would they subpoena me? I didn’t do anything wrong — I talked to the president,’ Jordan said. ‘I talk to the president all the time. I just think that’s — you know where I’m at on this commission — this is all about going after President Trump. That seems obvious.’
“It’s unclear if Jordan meant he spoke with Trump on Jan. 6 and his office did not respond to a request to clarify his remarks.”
Given reports that Trump was privately pleased with the actions of the insurrectionist mob (source) and his failure to act to protect our country during the storming of the Capitol (source), the substance of a conversation with one of his closest congressional allies could be revelatory. Particularly in light of his leading role as Trump’s champion during impeachment proceedings, Jordan’s refusal to make clear what they discussed or even if they spoke is extremely suspicious and absolutely unacceptable.
Democratic U.S. Army veteran and warehouse manager Jeff Sites, who is challenging Rep. Jordan in the Ohio Fourth Congressional District, issued the following statement calling on Jordan for an explanation – subpoena or no:
“Jim Jordan worked tirelessly to spread Trump’s Big Lie and to defend him after January 6th. Now all of a sudden, he’s falling silent.
“What did Jim Jordan know, and when did he know it? Did he speak with Trump on January 6th or not? Did Trump express support for the insurrection, or explain why he refused to call the attackers off or defend the Capitol? What exactly did Jim Jordan turn a blind eye to?
“Jordan needs to remember he works for us, not his master in Mar-A-Lago. He owes his country and his constituents answers.”