LIMA, OH – Last night in an interview with Fox News’ Bret Baier, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) again indicated that he spoke with former President Donald Trump on January 6th and then refused to discuss the substance of his conversations with the ex-president.
Democratic U.S. Army veteran and warehouse manager Jeff Sites, who is challenging Jordan in the Fourth Congressional District, issued the following statement in response:
“Jim Jordan is one of Donald Trump’s closest congressional allies: his cheerleader, enabler, co-conspirator and getaway driver. By his own admission, they speak all the time. Does anyone seriously think if their conversations exonerated Trump, Jordan wouldn’t be screaming them into every camera he could find?
“‘I don’t recall’ didn’t fool anyone during Watergate, and it’s not going to fool us now. Jordan was a key player in Trump’s Big Lie and one of the legislative leaders of the attempted coup. He’s not going to get away with claiming he didn’t see a thing, like he did when his wrestlers were sexually abused.
“The select committee must subpoena Jim Jordan to testify under oath. The American people deserve the truth, and it’s clear we won’t get it from Jordan unless we force it out of him.”
Last night was not the first time Jordan has stumbled into indicating he spoke with Trump on January 6th and then attempted to walk it back. He did the same in a Washington Post article published May 20th.
In addition to Trump’s state of mind and actions the day of the insurrection, Jordan could shed light on the events leading up to it, and his work to spearhead the Electoral College objections. Jordan participated in a White House strategy meeting about the effort to block certification of the results with Donald Trump on December 21st (source), as well as a strategy call with Trump, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and other members of Congress on January 2nd (source). He also spoke at a “Stop The Steal” rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on November 5th (source).
Committee member Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) has repeatedly indicated Jordan may be called as a material witness. Even Jordan himself has acknowledged he might be called before the select committee, although he did not seem to think that disqualified him from serving on it.