COLUMBUS, Ohio—U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan and four other Republican lawmakers have been subpoenaed by the select committee investigating the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, the committee announced Thursday.
The committee, which is bipartisan but consists mostly of Democrats, also issued subpoenas to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, as well as Republican U.S. Reps. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, Andy Biggs of Arizona and Mo Brooks of Alabama. It’s the first time the committee has issued subpoenas to sitting members of Congress.
Jordan, a Champaign County Republican, was previously asked by the committee to discuss what he spoke about with then-President Donald Trump on Jan. 6, 2021, as Trump supporters invaded the U.S. Capitol to stop Congress from certifying Democrat Joe Biden’s in the 2020 presidential election.
Jordan, a vocal ally of the former president, has indignantly refused to voluntarily testify, insisting that it would be inappropriate to make those discussions public. He also told the committee he had “no relevant information that would assist the Select Committee in advancing any legitimate legislative purpose.”
Jordan told the House Rules Committee last October that he spoke with Trump after the riot, though he couldn’t recall how many times he talked with him that day.
“These members include those who participated in meetings at the White House, those who had direct conversations with President Trump leading up to and during the attack, and those who were involved in the planning and coordination of certain activities on and before January 6th,” the Jan. 6 select committee stated in a series of tweets. “Before we hold our hearings next month, we wished to provide members the opportunity to discuss these matters with the committee voluntarily. Regrettably, the individuals receiving subpoenas today have refused and we’re forced to take this step.”
The select committee’s is scheduled hold eight public hearings starting June 9 to lay out evidence of efforts by Trump and his supporters to overturn the election.
Jordan was one of the Republicans initially appointed to the Jan. 6 committee by McCarthy, but his appointment, along with the appointment of U.S. Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana, was rejected by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California. Pelosi cited “the impact their appointments may have on the integrity of the investigation.”
Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, as well as ex-White House aides Steve Bannon, Peter Navarro, and Dan Scavino, have been held in criminal contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with subpoenas from the select committee. It’s up to the U.S. Justice Department to decide whether to prosecute those found in contempt of Congress.
Bannon was indicted by a federal grand jury last November for refusing to appear for a congressional deposition or provide documents in response to the committee’s subpoena.
Earlier this month, a federal judge in Washington, D.C., upheld a subpoena from the select committee to the Republican National Committee’s email fundraising vendor for records about party efforts to raise money off Trump’s false claims that the 2020 election was stolen.