- GOP Rep. Jim Jordan said on Tuesday he had spoken to Donald Trump on January 6.
- Jordan was barred from serving on the Jan. 6 committee over concerns he was involved in the events.
- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Jordan could be called as a witness by the Jan. 6 panel.
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Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio said he had spoken to then-President Donald Trump on the day of the Capitol riot, but wouldn’t say what they talked about.
In a Tuesday interview with Fox News’ Bret Baier, Jordan discussed the opening day of the House Select Committee appointed to investigate the January 6 riot.
Jordan was previously slated as one of the five Republicans to serve on the bipartisan panel by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, but was barred from taking part by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over concerns about his role pushing the bogus election-fraud claims that instigated the violence.
One the key questions that lawmakers on the panel will seek to answer is what specifically Trump did on the day of the riot after delivering his incendiary speech to supporters near the Capitol.
Rep. Liz Cheney, a Republican on the committee, said on Tuesday that witnesses who can testify about the former president’s actions that day will be subpoenaed.
In his Fox News appearance, Jordan revealed for the first time that he had spoken to the president that day, meaning he is a witness who could be called on to testify about Trump’s actions.
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“I talked to the president. I never talk about what we talk about. I just don’t think that’s appropriate, just like I don’t talk about what happens in Republican conferences. So I talked to the president numerous times. I continue to talk to the president,” said Jordan.
Baier pressed him, asking: “No, no. I mean on January 6, congressman?”
Jordan responded: “Yes. I mean I’ve talked the president so many – I can’t remember all the days I have talked to him, but I have certainly talked to the president.”
He went on to say that security failings in the House should be the real focus of the probe.
“Why didn’t the United States Capitol – the people’s house – have an appropriate security posture on that day and what have we done?” he said.
Pelosi’s decision last week to bar Jordan and Rep. Jim Banks, another Trump loyalist, from the committee prompted McCarthy to withdraw all of the Republicans he had nominated to take part in the investigation.
The two Republicans on the panel, Cheney and Rep. Adam Kinzinger, were appointed by Pelosi and are considered pariahs in their party due to their decision to take a stand against Trump over the insurrection.
Earlier on Tuesday, before Jordan’s revelation that he spoke to Trump on January 6, Cheney suggested that Jordan could be called as a material witness as part of the committee’s investigation.
“I think that Congressman Jordan may well be a material witness,” she said on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
“He’s somebody who was involved in a number of meetings in the lead-up to what happened on January 6th, involved in planning for January 6, certainly for the objections that day as he said publicly, so he may well be a material witness.”