Since Jordan admitted last summer that he spoke to Trump on the phone that day, the Ohio Republican and Trump loyalist has either refrained from asking questions or been inconsistent in his answers.
When asked about White House records on Friday, Jordan told DailyExpertNews that he called Trump multiple times on Jan. 6, but could only confirm that he spoke to Trump after he left the House room. and couldn’t remember if they had spoken that morning.
“I spoke to the president a number of times that day, but I don’t remember the times,” Jordan said.
A Trump spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
An entry in White House records shows a request from Trump to call Jordan from the White House residence on the morning of Jan. 6. A second entry shows that the call lasted 10 minutes.
Records show that Trump did not leave the White House until 11:40 a.m. ET on Jan. 6, 2021 to deliver a speech to thousands of his supporters who had gathered at the Ellipse. According to footage from the House proceedings that day, Jordan spoke on the floor for five minutes as of 1:32 p.m. ET during the debate on whether or not to reject Biden’s Arizona voters.
Jordan later spoke to request a roll call vote on the Arizona challenge at 10:27 p.m. when lawmakers returned to the room after being evacuated as rioters interrupted congressional proceedings.
On Friday, Jordan said, “I don’t remember,” when asked specifically if he had spoken to Trump the morning before the violence began. “I know I spoke to him after we left the floor,” adding that he did not remember how long his conversations with the former president lasted that day.
Jordan’s past memories of his talks with Trump on Jan. 6 have been inconsistent.
At a December House Rules Committee hearing, Massachusetts Democrat Jim McGovern asked Jordan specifically when he was speaking to Trump that day.
“I spoke to the president after the attack,” Jordan said at the time.
When McGovern pressured Jordan again, asking him to confirm that the call was not made before or during the attack, Jordan replied, “Right. And I’ve been clear about that.”
Months earlier, in July, he told a local reporter he couldn’t remember when he spoke to Trump or how often they spoke.
In the committee’s letter to Jordan requesting a voluntary interview, Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson, who chairs the panel, said the investigators wanted to ask Jordan specifically about his communications with the former president.
“We understand that you had at least one, and possibly several, communications with President Trump on Jan. 6,” Thompson wrote in December. “We would like to discuss any such communication in detail with you.”
The committee also wants to speak to Jordan about meetings he had with White House and Trump officials in the months between the November 2020 presidential election and the January 6 attack about “strategies to nullify the results of the 2020 election.” “.
The message, which Jordan sent to Meadows on Jan. 5, outlined a legal theory that then Vice President Mike Pence had the authority to stand in the way of certifying the 2020 election. The text message is just one example of how Jordan delivered a megaphone to the story that the election was stolen from Trump.
The panel’s letter to Jordan was also intended to learn more about any communications it had with Trump’s allies, legal team and staffers about possible organization, planning or strategies around Jan. 6.
When Jordan said earlier this month that he did not intend to cooperate and dismissed the commission’s investigation as illegal, a panel spokesman said Jordan is a “material witness” because he admitted to dealing directly with Trump on Jan. 6. spoken.
The spokesperson also suggested, without evidence, that Trump and his team are the reason Jordan is not cooperating.
“Mr. Jordan has previously said he would cooperate with the commission’s investigation, but it now appears that the Trump team has persuaded him to try to hide the facts and circumstances of Jan. 6,” the spokesperson said.
Jordan was originally selected by House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy as one of five GOP members serving on the committee in July. But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected McCarthy’s selection of Jordan, along with GOP Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana, because she said their appointments could affect the “integrity of the investigation.”
The commission has long considered Jordan a top target for its investigation. In August, Jordan was among a group of Republican lawmakers whose phone records the committee had asked several companies to keep. At the time, Jordan warned of the precedent the panel would set if it went after sitting members of Congress.
The committee is still considering whether to take the next step and subpoena Jordan, a move it is also considering with McCarthy and Pennsylvania GOP Representative Scott Perry.
The panel met on Thursday to discuss their options, but failed to agree on next steps when it comes to efforts to get their co-legislators to work together. President Thompson acknowledged on Thursday that the issue is complicated.
“You know, you have to respect this attitude,” he told DailyExpertNews. “You know, we need to see if it’s ever been done before. If it was, by which authorities. So we just want to be right. And if we’re not in good standing with it, I mean, we probably won’t do it .”
DailyExpertNews’s Marshall Cohen contributed to this report.