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(*6*) Jordan says he won’t cooperate with Jan. 6 committee

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In this May 19, 2021, file photo, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, speaks during a House Select Subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Jordan released a letter Sunday saying he would not comply with a request to cooperate with the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot.

WASHINGTON — GOP Rep. (*6*) Jordan, R-Ohio, won’tPlease comply withRequest that heBefore January, testify 6Select committeeInvestigating the attack on Capitol.

In a Twitter letter, Jordan wrote he “has no relevant information” for the committee, while arguing the legislators were too biased in their investigation.

“Even if I had information to share with the Select Committee, the actions and statements of Democrats in the House of Representatives show that you are not conducting a fair-minded and objective inquiry,” JordanWrite.

The committeewas created to investigate the circumstances leading to a pro-Trump mob robbing the U.S. Capitol in January. 6, 2021 temporarily preventing lawmakers from certifying results of 2020 presidential election.

Jordan, a close ally of former President Donald Trump who voted against certifying the election results, argued that the select committee was being conducted under a “double standard” by Democrats who were using their investigative powers as a “partisan cudgel” to target Republicans.

It was revealed in December that JordanHad forwarded messages to Mark Meadows (then-White House chief staff) describing obscure legal theories indicating that Mike Pence, former Vice President, could reverse the results.

In October JordanThat was the conclusion he”I’d spoken” withTrump, Jan. 6After the Capitol attack, stressing heDid not speak with the former president during the riot and that “all I’m saying is I had nothing to do withAll of it.”

In his Sunday evening letter, Jordan he could not comment on ongoing investigations from federal law enforcement about the Capitol riot. He further accused Democrats of using divisive rhetoric, citing the second impeachment of Trump as evidence that the findings of the select committee’s work are preordained.

JordanAmong high-profile Trump associates called to testify

The most coveted committee has requested or subpoenaed documents and testimony from dozens of individuals, including several withEx-President Donald Trump has close ties, such as Steve Bannon, Meadows, Roger Stone and Michael Flynn.

In December, the House voted that Meadows should be held in criminal contempt of court for his refusal to comply withThe best committee. Legislators are looking at similar votes to subpoenaed people who refuse comply.

Jordan’s decision is similar to Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., the only other lawmaker asked to testify before the committee.

While committeeChair Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) originally stated that anyone refusing to comply would be punished withA subpoena could be held responsible. heIt has since been acknowledged that it is more challenging for the committeeTo make sitting Congressmen in contempt of the body in which they serve.

The select few will be featured this month committee will also seek voluntary testimony from Pence, the former vice president, about his role and experience of the January 6 attack.

In the wake of the Capitol attack, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle expressed interest in establishing an independent board modeled after the 9/11 commission that could probe the root causes of the riot.

Senate Republicans blocked the establishment. committeeFurther, they opposed the creation and operation of a joint bipartisan coalition committeeThere are two chambers. 

Pelosi created the select committee. committeeKevin McCarthy, R.-Calif., was then elected House Minority Leader. Jordan, to serve on select committee.

Pelosi rejected JordanThe nominations of arguing he and Rep. (*6*) Banks, R-Ind., were persons of interest in the committee’s investigation as well as other bad-faith players. McCarthy then pulled all GOP nominations to the. committeeThey called the investigation a partisan exercise.

Afterward, Pelosi selected GOP Reps. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., and Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., to serve on the committee. Republicans considered the move to be a violation of House norms. withMcCarthy speculated that Republicans might block Democrats from serving in future committees if they win a majority in the chamber.

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