Jordan jokes that sport coats inhibit him during heated hearings
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Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanJordan, Meadows backed by new ads from pro-Trump group: report Jordan jokes that sport coats inhibit him during heated hearings Attorney previously in contact with Cohen pushes back on pardon narrative to CNN MORE (R-Ohio) on Thursday jokingly attributed his proclivity for forgoing wearing his suit jacket to it inhibiting him from going after unruly witnesses during committee hearings.

Jordan, a leading conservative voice in the lower chamber and top defender of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump mocks wind power: 'When the wind doesn't blow, just turn off the television' Pentagon investigator probing whether acting chief boosted former employer Boeing Trump blasts McCain, bemoans not getting 'thank you' for funeral MORE, spoke about his sartorial choices during the House Freedom Caucus podcast on Thursday.

"You get in these hearings and if I think the witness isn't being square with me and it's going to get kind of heated, I mean maybe it's just me, I just don't feel right with the jacket on," he said with a laugh. "You've got to get after it and it's inhibiting, right?"


Jordan is the top Republican on the House Oversight and Reform Committee, a panel that has already seen its fair share of fiery moments since the start of the 116th Congress. Still, the Ohio Republican said there are occasions he does embrace wearing the garment.

"I wear a jacket on the House floor because you're required. I wear it around the president — anytime we're in the White House I wear a jacket. I wore a jacket the day I got married and for our kids' weddings — other than that, I don't really like it," he said, noting Rep. Jody HiceJody Brownlow HiceJordan jokes that sport coats inhibit him during heated hearings House lawmakers clash over GOP allegations Dems coached Cohen GOP lawmaker asks Cohen to reveal any 'cooperation' with Dems on congressional testimony MORE (R-Ga.), who was hosting the program, also wasn't wearing his jacket. 

Jordan's reputation for opting to go sans sport coat even spurred the creation of a parody Twitter account in 2017, "Jim Jordan's Jacket," documenting his signature style. 

"I've been told that, I don't really follow it but some of the people in the office do," he said of the account.