WASHINGTON, D.C. — Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan is living in two political realities right now.
What You Need To Know
- Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan could become a witness in new Jan. 6 investigation
- Jordan told Spectrum News he spoke with then-President Trump on the day of the Capitol attack
- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi blocked Jordan from serving on a new select committee that could end up subpoenaing him
- This all comes as Jordan’s popularity continues to rise in the GOP
In the other, he’s being talked about as a potential material witness who could be subpoenaed by the new committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol attack because of his conversations with then-President Donald Trump.
On Wednesday, in an interview on Zoom, Spectrum News asked Jordan if he would agree to testify, were he to be asked or subpoenaed.
“I mean, look, I got nothing to hide. I got nothing to hide,” he said.
Jordan was originally chosen by House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy to serve on the Jan. 6 select committee, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi blocked him once he criticized it as “impeachment round three.”
As the investigation gains steam, there are renewed questions about whether Jordan spoke with Trump on Jan. 6.
He confirmed to Spectrum News that he did talk with Trump, but he couldn’t confirm if it happened before, during or after Trump supporters swarmed the Capitol hoping to stop Congress from certifying that Joe Biden won the election.
“I spoke with him that day, after? I think after,” Jordan told Spectrum News. “I don't know if I spoke with him in the morning or not. I just don't know. I'd have to go back. I don't know when those conversations happened.”
If he gets subpoenaed, Jordan said that could lead Congress down a dangerous road where Republicans will try to fight back and investigate Democrats they have questions about.
But through all this, Jordan insists he did nothing wrong, and he continues to defend Trump.
Jordan was asked why he thought people showed up at the Capitol and ultimately ended up attacking it and what their motivation was that day.
“You’d have to ask them. What I know is the former president’s not to blame,” he replied.
Jordan’s popularity in Republican politics is at an all-time high and he still speaks frequently with Trump.
But he said if Trump runs again in 2024, he’s not interested in being his running mate.
Jordan also claimed to have no desire to challenge McCarthy, the House Republican leader, for House Speaker if Republicans win back the House next year after having challenged for the job in 2018.
“No, I'm not going to do that at all,” Jordan said Wednesday. “I think Kevin McCarthy has done a great job keeping our team together. I think we're going to take back the House and I think he's going to be the speaker. And I think in 2024, President Trump's going to run for the presidency, and I think he's going to win.”
The longtime congressman said his goal is to become chair of the House Judiciary Committee, where he would lead the hearings he’s become known for making headlines in.