Jim Jordan, in a quick interview with the press, was asked whether or not he spoke to the former president on Jan. 6, 2021, the day that Trump supporters committed a terrorist act against the U.S. government. Stumbling over his words, Jordan said that he did talk to Trump that day but couldn’t remember when or how many times.
Jim Jordan in July. "If [Jan. 6 investigators] call me, I got nothing to hide."
Jordan in October: "I've said all along, 'I have nothing to hide.'"
Jordan yesterday: On second thought… https://t.co/UnumO3OLrC
— Steve Benen (@stevebenen) January 10, 2022
In addition to admitting that he had spoken to Trump, which gave the Jan. 6 select committee reason enough to call him in for an interview, his text messages encouraging the insurrection have come under fire. After insisting ever since those texts became public, Jordan has insisted that he has nothing to hide about that day or the days leading up to it. As such, he wrote a letter to the committee saying that he had no relevant information and was choosing not to appear.
According to MSNBC:
‘Representative Jim Jordan, Republican of Ohio, announced on Sunday that he was refusing to cooperate with the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, joining a growing list of allies of former President Donald J. Trump who have adopted a hostile stance toward the panel’s questions.’
The committee noted that Jordan’s “I have nothing to hide” has certainly changed since the committee first began looking at his involvement. To be clear, no one refuses to offer information in a crime if they know that information could exonerate him.
The Hill reports that the Jan. 6 committee responded to Jordan in a statement:
‘Mr. Jordan has previously said that he would cooperate with the committee’s investigation, but it now appears that the Trump team has persuaded him to try to hide the facts and circumstances of January 6th. The Select Committee will respond to this letter in more detail in the coming days and will consider appropriate next steps.’
Twitter reacted in full force to the news about the committee’s statement. Read some of their comments below: