Republican Congressman Jim Jordan has refused to cooperate voluntarily with the House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 Capitol riot.
“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 Bennie Thompson, a Democrat from Mississippi who chairs the committee, according to Xinhua.
“As you well know, I have no relevant information that would assist the Select Committee in advancing any legitimate legislative purpose,” Jordan said in the letter sent on Sunday.
The committee wrote to the Republican House member in late December, requesting an interview about the riot, claiming that Jordan, as a staunch ally of Donald Trump, regularly interacted with the former President both before and after the 2020 presidential election.
“We understand that you had at least one and possibly multiple communications with President Trump on January 6. We would like to discuss each such communication with you in detail,” Thompson wrote in his letter.
The committee requested that the interview be scheduled for January 3 or 4, or that Jordan meet with investigators beginning January 10.
Jordan has repeatedly slammed the committee’s efforts as politically motivated, though he has admitted to speaking with Trump on the day of the riot.
“I spoke with him on January 6. I mean, I talked with President Trump all the time and that’s … I don’t think that’s unusual,” he said in an interview with Spectrum News in the summer of 2021.