The Ohio Republican said The independent he wants to blame Democrats for creating a culture where political violence is allowed, especially in reference to the Black Lives Matter protests in the summer of 2020.
“I think it’s important to point out that Democrats have created this environment to normalize riots, normalize looting, normalize lawlessness in the summer of 2020 and I think this is important information to consider,” he said. Mr. Jordan said.
Representative Adam Schiff, whom House Speaker Nancy Pelosi selected as one of the Democratic members of the committee, said he would not comment on Mr Jordan’s specific comments when asked to them. subject.
“I can just say that Jordan was chosen because that’s what Kevin McCarthy and Donald Trump want because they’re not interested in getting the truth,” Mr. Indictment says The independent.
Mr. Jordan is one of the five Republican members nominated by Minority Parliamentary Leader Kevin McCarthy, along with Representatives Jim Banks of Indiana, Kelly Armstrong of North Dakota, Troy Nehls of Texas and Rodney Davis of Illinois.
Mr. Banks will be the senior Republican on the committee and lead the Republican study committee, and he echoed Mr. Jordan’s point in his statement on Monday announcing his appointment.
“If Democrats were serious about investigating political violence, this committee would study not only the January 6 riot on Capitol Hill, but also the hundreds of violent political riots last summer, when scores of other innocent Americans and police officers were attacked, ”the banks said. He also highlighted the death of Capitol Hill Police Officer William “Billy” Evans, who was killed in car bombing.
But Mr. Jordan, one of the founding members of the House Freedom Caucus who was a thorn in the side of Republican leaders, has established himself as a vocal defender of the president, particularly in the House Judiciary Committee, where he is the Republican of rank.
“I think the only question that needs to be answered is why was there not a proper security presence that day and frankly only the speaker can answer that question,” Mr. Jordan to reporters in reference to Ms. Pelosi. But Mr Jordan said he doubted the committee would look into the matter and would likely find a way to blame Mr Trump.
Mr. Nehls, a former sheriff who helped the police during the riot, said the purpose of the investigation was to investigate the causes of the events.
“I just think the whole point of the commission is what, to come in and look at the events that took place on January 6 and maybe the events that led up to it and just dive into it,” he said. “Is that what the committee was formed for?” “
Mr. Nehls, like Mr. Jordan and Mr. Banks, voted against the election results that day. But, as the Washington Post NotedMr. Nehls previously called the riot “criminal.” At the time, he also said that the riot was a “disgrace”.
“I was proud to stand side by side with the Capitol police barricading the entrance to our sacred chamber in the House, while trying to calm the situation by chatting with the demonstrators,” he tweeted at the time. .
The Texas Republican said he was optimistic about his collaboration with the Democrats.
” Why not? I have Democrats working with me on criminal justice reform right now, ”he said.
Representative Adam Kinzinger, who voted to impeach Mr. Trump, called Mr. McCarthy’s choices “a mixed bag.”
“I think a few fair referees and a couple who had made up their minds so that will be an interesting dynamic to see,” said Kinzinger, who, along with Rep. Liz Cheney, was one of only two Republicans to have voted for create the select committee. Mr. Kinzinger added that he hoped fellow Illinois Mr. Davis, the leading Republican on the House Administration Committee, would be a fair arbiter.
“It will definitely be an interesting dynamic, for sure,” he said.
But Rep. Jerry Nadler of New York, who is chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, denounced Mr. Jordan’s selection because of his background in promoting conspiracy theories.
“He’s still convinced Trump is the president,” Nadler said.
But even Pete Sessions, a Texas Republican, said he wants more experienced attorneys among Republican members.
“We have a lot of formal people who work as lawyers and I think they come into contact with the visions, differences and nuances of law more adequately than telling someone like me who was a businessman,” did he declare.