Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) is now the second sitting congressman who refuses to cooperate with the Jan. 6 Committee; the committee wants information from Jordan about his private conversations with former President Donald Trump surrounding the events of January 6th.
“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 committee chair Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., according to Axios.
“As you well know, I have no relevant information that would assist the Select Committee in advancing any legitimate legislative purpose,” Jordan adds.
“It amounts to an unprecedented and inappropriate demand to examine the basis for a colleague’s decision on a particular matter pending before the House of Representatives,” the Ohio Republican said in a Sunday letter to Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, chairman of the committee.
“In the letter, Jordan said the committee is not ‘conducting a fair-minded and objective inquiry’ because it has not publicly requested information from Democratic members. He pointed the finger at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for not doing more to ensure a strong security posture at the Capitol before the attack,” the Washington Examiner reports.
“Your attempt to pry into the deliberative process informing a Member about legislative matters before the House is an outrageous abuse of the Select Committee’s authority,” Jordan said, warning that it would “set a dangerous precedent for future Congresses.”
Scott Perry (R-PA) was the first sitting congressman to refuse the committee’s request for documents and information relating to January 6th.