House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) House select committee tasked with investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot generated headlines on Wednesday after it announced that it would like to speak to Rep. Jim Jordan (R-IN), one of former President Donald Trump’s strongest congressional allies.
According to the Washington Examiner, Jordan was notified in a letter sent from Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) that the committee wants to speak with him regarding alleged communications the Indiana Republican had with Trump on Jan. 6.
“The Select Committee has tremendous respect for the prerogatives of Congress and the privacy of its Members,” Thompson wrote.
The chairman added: “At the same time, we have a solemn responsibility to investigate fully the facts and circumstances of these events.”
A new trend
The request for the committee to speak with Jordan concerning the Capitol riot is the second request from the committee to one of its colleagues. Earlier this week, Rep. Scott Perry was also asked to speak with the committee, Axios reported.
That request was reportedly denied by the Pennsylvania Republican.
As far as the committee’s request to speak with Jordan, Chairman Thompson wrote that he’d like to discuss each communication Jordan had with Trump on Jan. 6 “in detail,” but didn’t add any specifics or indicate their angle.
In addition, Thompson indicated on behalf of the select committee that he wanted to go over any meetings Jordan had with White House officials last December and January “about strategies for overturning the results of the 2020 election.”
Voluntary, for now
Though Thompson clearly stated that Jordan’s involvement would be “voluntary” — even offering to meet the Indiana lawmaker in his own district — it’s an awkward ask, at best. That’s because Jordan, who was originally selected for the committee by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was vetoed off the committee by Pelosi.
The “voluntary” nature of the request is also in question, as a Jan. 6 committee spokesperson hinted that the group could soon use “other tools” to compel Jordan and Perry to cooperate, which anyone with half a brain understands is code for “subpoena.”
The committee is involved in several legal battles in their attempts to subpoena other, non-congressional Trump officials and supporters, such as Steve Bannon and Gen. Michael Flynn.
Only time will tell if the committee moves to subpoena House colleagues, but one can bet that if it goes that far, Jordan, Perry, and others will not go down without one heck of a legal fight.