When the news broke last week that the January 6th Committee was planning to subpoena the testimony and phone records of any members of Congress who communicated with Donald Trump before or during the Capitol attack, Palmer Report said that it was time for Jim Jordan to panic. Sure enough, Jordan is now doing just that.
Jim Jordan just confessed to Politico that he indeed had multiple phone calls with Donald Trump on January 6th. Oops. It’s clear that Jordan expects this to come out anyway, so he’s now trying to get out ahead of it.
Oddly, the same Politico article also says that Matt Gaetz was on that phone call with Jim Jordan and Donald Trump, and that according to a “source with knowledge of that call,” Gaetz and Jordan tried to convince Trump to tell his insurrectionist supporters to stand down.
It’s a general rule that when an unnamed source provides inside information that’s aimed at making a certain person look like the hero, that person is the source. So it’s nearly a given that Politico’s source for this is Gaetz or Jordan, or both, or someone from one or both of their camps.
In other words, people like Gaetz and Jordan are now worried about the political fallout and perhaps even eventual criminal liability for the Capitol attack, and so they’re confessing to their communications with Trump so they can try to preemptively paint themselves as the heroes who tried to stop the attack. It won’t work.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report