WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan says he is ready to serve on a congressional commission being put together to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the United States Capitol.
The question is whether the commission is ready for him.
Jordan was chosen Monday night by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy as one of five Republicans to join the select committee. Whether or not he makes the final cut for the committee is ultimately up to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, who has the power to veto any of McCarthy’s picks and has been critical of Jordan’s demeanor during other congressional commissions in which he’s served.
If Jordan stays on, a clash between he and GOP Congresswoman Liz Cheney seems likely. Cheney was among a handful Republicans who voted to impeach Trump after the events of Jan. 6, which led to her being ousted from her House leadership role by her GOP colleagues.
Pelosi has chosen Cheney to serve on the Jan. 6 committee, but has not yet said whether or not she will allow Jordan to serve.
As the committee stands now, Jordan will join his other colleagues selected by McCarthy, along with eight others selected by Pelosi.
Jordan has been one of the most vocal members of Congress against having a congressional investigation on the Capitol attack. During an interview with The Lima News in June, the 4th District Congressman said Republicans have condemned violence in all forms, and that President Trump was not responsible for the events that took place on Jan. 6.
“(Trump) told them to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard, and the idea that President Trump was responsible is just ridiculous,” he said. “Republicans have been consistent: We condemned the violence whenever it happened. We condemned it when it happened on Jan. 6. We condemned it when it happened all last summer.”
Despite his beliefs that the congressional committee is not needed, Jordan said he is ready to serve on it.
“Leader McCarthy asked me to serve on (the committee), I want to serve, because we know what this is. This is impeachment round three; this is to go after President Trump,” he said during a Monday night interview on Newsmax. “I’m on the committee and I’m going to focus on the truth and I’m going to focus on the facts.”