Jim Jordan spoke to Trump on the phone for 10 minutes on January 6, new White House records reveal
Rep. Jim Jordan spoke on the phone with the former president for 10 minutes on the morning of Jan. 6, before his supporters breached the Capitol and the Ohio Republican objected to the 2020 election results, according to the House committee investigating Jan. 6.
The select committee is now in possession of records detailing the call, two sources told CNN. The new call records come as the committee weighs whether to subpoena Jordan after he refused to appear voluntarily before the committee.
Jordan admitted last month that he spoke to Trump ‘more than once’ that fateful day. However, he has repeatedly said ‘I don’t know’ when asked whether he spoke with Trump that morning before objecting to election results.
‘I know I talked to him after we left the floor,’ Jordan has said.
The committee called on Jordan to discuss his communications with them, requests which he denied.
A letter from committee chair Rep. Bennie Thompson notes that Jordan had ‘one or possibly multiple’ communications with Trump on Jan. 6, as the president resisted calls to give a televised address instructing rioters to go home.
Rep. Jim Jordan spoke on the phone with the former president for 10 minutes on the morning of Jan. 6, new records reveal
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a ‘Save America Rally,’ just before his supporters breached the Capitol
Jordan, a staunch ally of Trump, admitted last month that he spoke to Trump ‘more than once’ that fateful day
Thompson said the committee wishes to discuss Jordan’s communication with the president on Jan. 6 ‘in detail,’ as well as any communication the congressman may have had with Trump’s legal team, White House personnel and others involved in planning the rally for that day.
Jordan rejected the request.
Politico reported that both Jordan and Rep. Matt Gaetz, both staunch Trump allies, pled with the former president over the phone to go on TV and tell the rioters to go home.
The call logs provided to the committee are part of the documents the National Archives turned over to the committee after Trump lost a bid before the Supreme Court claiming they should remain private.
Jordan was also named as one of the people who communicated with former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows to propose a way for Mike Pence to overturn the election results.
House congress members carry their gas masks as they were evacuated from the House Chamber due to rioters
Jim Jordan speaks during a House debate over whether to ratify the 2020 election results
Jordan was originally selected by GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy to be one of the five GOP members who would serve on the committee, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected him, choosing to include Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger instead.
The Republican National Committee, meanwhile, approved a censure of Cheney and Kinzinger for their involvement in the committee.
In a meeting Thursday, the committee reportedly debated slapping three lawmakers with a subpoena – Jordan, McCarthy and GOP Rep. Scott Perry.
‘You know, you have to respect this institution,’ Thomspon told CNN. ‘You know, we have to see whether or not it’s ever been done before. If it had, on what authorities. So, we just want to be right. And if we are not in good standing with it, then I mean, we probably won’t do it.’
The Jan. 6 committee so far has subpoenaed Mark Meadows, former White House chief of staff, Daniel Scavino, former White House deputy chief of staff for communications, Kashyap Patel, former Defense Department official, Stephen Bannon, former Trump adviser, and Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal attorney who was an ardent defender of Trump’s claims that the 2020 election was ‘rigged’ against him.
They’ve also subpoenaed Jeffrey Clark, a former DOJ official, former Trump advisors Stephen Miller and Max Miller, former White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere, former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, among others.