Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) revealed this week that he had spoken to then-President Donald Trump on the day of the Capitol riot but refused to say what they talked about.
The story: Jordan said that he talked to the former president on Jan. 6, when rioters stormed the Capitol as Congress was slated to certify President Joe Biden’s election victory, during an appearance on Fox News on Tuesday.
During the interview, Jordan discussed the first hearing of the House Select Committee that was appointed to investigate the Jan. 6 riot. The hearing took place on Tuesday.
What he said: “I talked to the president. I never talk about what we talk about. I just don’t think that’s appropriate, just like I don’t talk about what happens in Republican conferences. So I talked to the president numerous times. I continue to talk to the president,” said Jordan.
“No, no. I mean on January 6, congressman?” Fox News host Bret Baier asked him.
“Yes. I mean I’ve talked to the president so many – I can’t remember all the days I have talked to him, but I have certainly talked to the president,” the lawmaker responded.
Baier then asked Jordan if he could reveal some details about their conversations, including what Trump was “thinking about that day.”
Jordan avoided the question and instead spoke about who he believes should testify before the panel.
“Bret, the people we need to come testify are the people who can testify to the fundamental questions. Why didn’t the United States Capitol – the people’s house – have an appropriate security posture on that day and what have we done? Those are the people we need to hear from. That’s the information and testimony we need to get. That’s what we should focus on,” he responded.
Worth noting: Jordan was one of the five lawmakers that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy picked to serve on the select committee. However, Pelosi rejected two of his choices, Jordan and Rep. Jim Banks (R-ID), which prompted McCarthy to withdraw all of his picks.
“With respect for the integrity of the investigation, with an insistence on the truth and with concern about statements made and actions taken by these Members, I must reject the recommendations of Representatives Banks and Jordan to the Select Committee,” Pelosi said in a statement. “The unprecedented nature of January 6th demands this unprecedented decision.”
Pelosi later appointed Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) to the committee.
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