Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio has accused the House of Representatives Jan. 6 committee of “lying to the country” after being served a subpoena.
Jordan and four of his House GOP colleagues, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, were summoned by the committee last week. When asked if he would comply with Spectrum News reporter Taylor Popielarz’s subpoena Tuesday, Jordan said he hasn’t made up his mind while he lashed out at the committee for allegedly having “edited evidence.”
“We’re looking at the subpoena, we just got it yesterday,” Jordan said called while walking to his Washington DC office. “And we have already established that this committee altered evidence and lied to the country.”
“So I think anyone would have reservations about going before a committee that has already tampered with evidence and lied to the country about it,” he continued.
Jordan said he wasn’t concerned about the possibility that refusing to comply with the subpoena could “undermine” his credibility, since he could serve as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee if Republicans regain control of the chamber after the midterm elections should.
According to Popielarz, Jordan’s comment that the committee has “processed evidence.” referred to an allegation that Rep. Adam Schiff, a member of the Democratic Committee from California, misattributed and misrepresented a text message Jordan forwarded to then-White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows on Jan. 6, 2021.
A December article published by a conservative magazine The Federalist noted that the committee admitted that it “accidentally” truncated and added a period to a text message that read, “No electoral votes at all on the 6th.”
The full message, sent by Jordan to Meadows on Jan. 5, had no period, instead containing a dash and the statement “in accordance with the instructions of founding father Alexander Hamilton and court precedent.” The message was also written by attorney Joseph Schmitz and merely passed on by Jordan, although Schiff had attributed it to “a legislator.”
Meadows was also subpoenaed by the committee. He was held in defiance of Congress last December after refusing to comply with a subpoena. Steve Bannon, former aide to ex-President Donald Trump, was also despised for refusing to comply with a subpoena from the committee and is currently facing a related criminal complaint.
Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs, one of five recently subpoenaed members of the GOP House of Representatives, last week described the committee as “illegitimate” and suggested he might as well refuse to “credit what they do” by saying comply with the summons.
“I think this is an illegitimate committee and they don’t really have the authority to issue subpoenas in my opinion,” Biggs told Fox News last Thursday. “This has been a witch hunt from day one; this is an attempt [to go] after political enemies instead of trying to get at the truth.”
news week has reached out to Jordan’s office for comment.
https://www.newsweek.com/jim-jordan-accuses-jan-6-committee-having-lied-country-1707620 Jim Jordan accuses the January 6 committee of “lying to the country.”