Adam Schiff Warns Jim Jordan Over Possible Jan. 6 Subpoena


During an appearance on MSNBC this week, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) confirmed that a subpoena from the House committee investigating the Capitol riot for Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) is an option. That committee, on which Schiff serves, recently demanded information from Jordan relating to topics including his communications on January 6 with then-President Donald Trump — although, unlike other targets of the investigation, the riot investigation panel didn’t issue a subpoena for Jordan… yet. Besides his contacts with Trump on the day of the riot, committee chairperson Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) has also indicated that the panel hopes to ask Jordan about efforts to overturn Biden’s victory.

Asked about the possibility of subpoenaing Jordan, Schiff commented as follows:

‘We can do that. There’s no prohibition against subpoenaing a member of Congress. In the recent past, for example in the Russia investigation, we requested two members of Congress — one Democrat; one Republican — to come and voluntarily testify, and they did. It wasn’t necessary to compel them. We certainly had hoped it wouldn’t be necessary to compel members here. Mr. Jordan indicated earlier in the year, I think, that he said he had nothing to hide. And we hope that he would therefore come forward. We’ll find out soon enough. But [a subpoena] is one of the other tools that we will have to consider.’

Watch Schiff’s comments below:

The riot investigation committee has also requested information from Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.), another ally in Congress of Trump and someone who was apparently involved in efforts to get Trump backer Jeffrey Clark installed as acting Attorney General during the period after the election but before Biden’s inauguration in January. Perhaps predictably, Perry has indicated that he doesn’t intend to comply with the riot investigation committee, and the panel responded that it “prefers to gather relevant evidence from members cooperatively, but if members with directly relevant information decline to cooperate and instead endeavor to cover up, the Select Committee will consider seeking such information using other tools” — presumably including subpoenas.