Jordan jokes that sport coats inhibit him during heated hearings
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Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanDemocratic Women's Caucus calls for investigation into Epstein plea deal DOJ releases notes from official Bruce Ohr's Russia probe interviews CNN slams GOP for not appearing on network after mass shootings, conservatives fire back 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 Trump Former US ambassador: 'Denmark is not a big fan of Donald Trump and his politics' Senate Democrats push for arms control language in defense policy bill Detroit county sheriff endorses Booker for president 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 HiceHouse conservatives call for ethics probe into Joaquin Castro tweet Interior whistleblowers say agency has sidelined scientists under Trump Conservatives call on Pelosi to cancel August recess 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.