The Republican lawmaker has repeatedly blasted the House committee's effort as politically motivated, once acknowledging that he did speak with Donald Trump on Jan. 6.
U.S. Republican Congressman Jim Jordan has rejected a request from the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot to voluntarily cooperate with the probe.
"This request is far outside the bounds of any legitimate inquiry, violates core Constitutional principles, and would serve to further erode legislative norms," Jordan wrote to Bennie Thompson, Democrat from Mississippi who chairs the Jan. 6 panel.
"As you well know, I have no relevant information that would assist the Select Committee in advancing any legitimate legislative purpose," Jordan said in the letter dated Jan. 9.
The committee in late December wrote to the GOP House member, requesting an interview with him about the riot, claiming that Jordan, as a staunch ally of Donald Trump, regularly interacted with the former president both in the lead-up to the 2020 presidential election and in the aftermath of it.
�� SENTENCE: U.S. District Judge Dabney Friedrich sentences Esther Schwemmer, of Kansas, to 2 years of probation, 60 hours of community service and $500 in restitution for one count of parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building. #CapitolRiot pic.twitter.com/g2ZffnMiyG— Jordan Fischer (@JordanOnRecord) January 10, 2022
"We understand that you had at least one and possibly multiple communications with President Trump on Jan. 6. We would like to discuss each such communication with you in detail," Thompson wrote in his letter.
The committee requested that the interview be arranged on either Jan. 3 or 4, or that Jordan meet with investigators during the week starting Jan. 10. Jordan has repeatedly blasted the committee's effort as politically motivated, once acknowledging that he did speak with Trump on Jan. 6.
"I spoke with him on Jan. 6. I mean, I talked with President Trump all the time and that's... I don't think that's unusual," he said in an interview with Spectrum News in the summer of 2021.
This video, which shows Donald Trump's close team celebrating, leaves a big question mark: when was it recorded? Before or after the invasion of his followers to the Capitol? A fact that left five people dead. pic.twitter.com/fhmUPSWoG1— teleSUR English (@telesurenglish) January 8, 2021