Finally, the House Select Committee has reached out to one who was surely involved in Trump’s efforts to overturn the election, Jim Jordan. Jordan is an impenitent Trump apologist, and when questioned earlier, claimed he could not recall whether he had spoken with Trump on January 6. Of course, we all now know that he not only spoke with him but did so several times during the day. One of the more frightening aspects about Jim Jordan according to CNN is that if Republicans take back the House in 2022, he stands to rise to a prominent position. Jordan willingly tried to help Trump stage a coup of our government, and he has no business being in government, let alone a position of power.
Like other Republicans, Jordan helped to spread the big lie. As CNN reported, Jordan appeared on Fox following the 2020 election. During his interview, Jordan said: “I don’t know how you can ever convince me that President Trump didn’t actually win this thing based on all the things you see.” Those “things” were only seen by those who wanted to see them. The rest of us saw how Democrats came out in record numbers to ensure that Trump was ushered out of the White House in 2021. New voters, young voters, and voters of all ethnic backgrounds banded together to give Joe Biden his victory. Those are the “things” that sane people saw. After saying such an outlandish thing on national television, CNN reported that one week later, Jordan said: “I’ve never said that this election was stolen.” Unbelievable. Again, Republicans think everyone is stupid, clueless, or just not paying attention, but we are paying full attention to everything they do.
So far, the committee has made an informal request for information via letter as Talking Points Memo reported. The letter is quoted in part: “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.” Good luck with that. This request is like the one the committee sent to Scott Perry, who promptly refused to cooperate. It is highly unlikely that Jordan will willingly cooperate with the committee either. People like Jordan and Scott do not understand “requests.” They need beating over the head before they will participate in any way.
Interestingly, the committee is now specifically seeking information on pardons that Trump may have been dangling to get people to cooperate with his unlawful activities. According to Rolling Stone, Jordan and Paul Gosar suggested “blanket pardons” to rally organizers, and the committee further wants information on Jordan’s role from November 2020 to January 2021 in Trump’s efforts to subvert democracy by overturning the election.
Jordan, of course, claims that he has “nothing to hide” and that he has been “straightforward all along.” Perhaps if you consider a boomerang straightforward, then, perhaps he has been straightforward. There is nothing above-board about Jordan, and no one should count on him willingly participating in the committee’s investigation.
Shirley is a former entertainment writer and has worked in the legal field for over 25 years