WASHINGTON, D. C. — U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan made a contentious appearance before the House Rules Committee on Wednesday, saying he couldn’t recall how many times he spoke with former President Donald Trump as his supporters invaded the U.S. Capitol, although he definitely spoke with Trump after the riot.
Jordan made his remarks during a session where he and other Republicans argued against a resolution that would hold former Trump advisor and podcast host Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress for refusing to testify before the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol. The House of Representatives scheduled the contempt vote for Thursday.
“Of course I talked to the President,” Jordan said. “I talked to him that day. I’ve been clear about that. I don’t recall the number of times, but it’s not about me. I know you want to make it about that, but this is about … Why wasn’t the National Guard here that day, Mr. Chairman?
“I talked to him after the attack happened and we were moved to the to the chamber. I may have talked to him before I don’t know. But all I’m saying is that … had nothing to do with any of this. So that, to me, it’s just you guys, the Democrats’ obsession.”
When the chairman of the committee, Jim McGovern of Massachusetts, asked Jordan if he discussed a “coordinated effort to overturn the results of the election” with Trump, Jordan said: “I have no idea what you’re talking about.”
Jordan accused Democrats of focusing their attention on Trump’s role in the riot instead of security failures that allowed rioters into the Capitol because “they got nothing else to talk about,”
“We went from a secure border to complete chaos,” Jordan said. “Every single month has been worse than the month before.”
He accused McGovern and other Democrats of hypocrisy for challenging the electoral vote count when Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in 2017.
McGovern said there was a big difference between Democrats actions in 2017 and how Republicans handled their objections to the 2020 election results.
“I raised the issue of Russian interference in our election, I raised also raised the issue of voter suppression, which was a real concern in that election,” said McGovern. “I did not organize a rally or meetings or plant to undermine an election, and the Capitol wasn’t attacked before I made my objection.”
Jordan said he didn’t either.
“Democrats are allowed but Republicans aren’t,” he responded.
“If you don’t want to testify here, you are free to leave,” McGovern told him.