Rep. Jim Jordan says that the Democrat-led committee probing the incident at the U.S. Capitol in January 2021 is little more than a “political operation” aimed at thwarting another White House bid by former President Donald Trump.
“There’s been subpoenas issued to 11 individuals, 11 American citizens who asked the government permission on an application to hold the Trump rally,” Jordan said.
“The government granted it and now the January 6 committee petitions them to ask them questions about exercising their First Amendment right to assemble,” he added.
“And why would they subpoena me? I didn’t do anything wrong — I talked to the president,” .
“I talk to the president all the time. I just think that’s — you know where I’m at on this commission — this is all about going after President Trump. That seems obvious,” the Ohio Republican continued.
“And they told these companies that, by the way, don’t let the person we’re telling you to preserve information for, don’t let them know as the law requires, don’t let them know that we’ve asked you to do this,” he said.
“This is scary where they want to go and what they’re doing to Americans’ constitutional rights. And finally, I would ask the fundamental question, how would you expect witnesses to participate when you wouldn’t let Republicans participate in the committee? How can you do that?” he added.
“We know what this is about, it’s plain and simple, this is about they’ve got nothing else to talk about.”
Continuing, Jordan said that “everyone in the country sees this as a political operation. This is designed to get after President Trump. Because they don’t want him to run again.”
Last month, another top Republican on the House committee that oversees U.S. Capitol security accused Pelosi of a “cover-up.”
Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) said Pelosi is refusing to release key evidence showing the security planning prior to the incident.
“We know there were intelligence analysis failures at the Capitol Police,” Davis said. “Our job is to protect the Capitol, and they’re making the same bad decisions.”
Davis accused Pelosi of blocking the release of information — including contemporaneous communications — that show what the Capitol Police and the House Sergeant at Arms talked about regarding security needs before a planned Jan. 6, 2021, protest by pro-Trump supporters that eventually spiraled out of control.
“They will not comply and give that info to us,” Davis .
“At a time when the Speaker through this sham Select Committee is asking and getting voluntarily thousands of communications from people who are no longer employed by the government, she is denying that committee of jurisdiction access to government communications. What is she hiding?” he asked.