Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, said Sunday that he will not cooperate with the Jan. 6 Select Committee’s “partisan” investigation.
Jordan penned a letter to Committee Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., saying that he had no “relevant information” that would assist the committee with any “legitimate legislative purposes.”
“The American people are tired of Democrats’ nonstop investigations and partisan witch hunts,” Jordan wrote. “Your letter of December 22, 2021, unfortunately continues this Democrat obsession.”
Thompson wrote a letter to Jordan last month demanding the congressman provide the committee information on all of his communications with President Donald Trump on Jan. 6 “in detail,” which Jordan has refused to do.
“This request is far outside the bounds of any legitimate inquiry, violates core Constitutional principals, and would serve to further erode legislative norms,” Jordan wrote to Thompson.
Thompson previously told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow last month that those who use their 5th Amendment right to remain silent are “in some instances,” she continued, “guilty.”
Jordan accused the committee, including seven Democrats and two anti-Trump Republicans, of targeting Republicans, citing that they have not questioned any of the Democrat representatives that were in charge of security on Jan. 6.
Jordan argued that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and others who were involved in overseeing security at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, should be questioned about what they knew, and what they did or did not do.
He also bashed the committee for altering documents and information to “paint a false and misleading narrative.”
In December, the committee admitted to doctoring text messages between Jordan and former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows that they used as “evidence” that the two of conspired to force then-Vice President Mike Pence to overturn the 2020 presidential election results.
Committee Member Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., lied about the context of a message sent from Jordan to Meadows, and doctored the texts that he presented as factual evidence of wrongdoing.
However, Jordan was simply forwarding a document to Meadows from someone else explaining that Vice President Pence had the authority to overturn the election results.
“If the Select Committee can so readily violate American civil liberties and mislead Americans about the information it possess—including information relating to me—I have no confidence that the Select Committee will fairly or accurately represent any information I could provide,” Jordan wrote to Thompson.
It is unclear if the Select Committee will issue a subpoena Jordan. According to Thompson, the committee is currently examining if they can legally issue subpoenas to sitting members of Congress. The committee has already issued more than 50 subpoenas to Republicans and various members of the Trump administration.