GOP's Jordan clashes with new chairman Cummings at Cohen hearing

Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanOklahoma State to require masks in football stands, urges mobile ticketing Win by QAnon believer creates new headaches for House GOP World's most trafficked mammal gives Trump new way to hit China on COVID-19 MORE (R-Ohio) challenged Democratic House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsTrump rips Bill Maher as 'exhausted, gaunt and weak' Bill Maher delivers mock eulogy for Trump The Hill's Campaign Report: Biden comes to Washington to honor John Lewis MORE's (Md.) decision to hold a hearing in which former Trump attorney Michael Cohen testified Wednesday. 

“The announced first witness for the 116th Congress is a guy who is going to prison in two months for lying to Congress,” Jordan, the committee's ranking member, said. “Mr. Chairman, your chairmanship will always be identified with this hearing.” 

He accused Cummings of promoting dishonesty with the hearing. 

"It's the first time a convicted perjurer has been brought back to be a star witness in a hearing," he added. "Mr. Chairman, when we legitimize dishonesty, we delegitimize this institution. We're supposed to pursue the truth, but you have stacked the deck against the truth."


Jordan also accused Cummings and Democrats of only putting the hearing together for political purposes.

"Lanny Davis has persuaded the chairman of the Oversight committee to give a convicted felon a forum to tell stories and lie about the president of the United States so they can all start their impeachment process," he said. "Mr. Chairman, we are better than this." 

The remark was one of a few confrontations between the congressmen during the course of the hours-long hearing. Later, Cummings ignored Jordan as repeatedly asked to be recognized after Jordan-ally Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsOvernight Health Care: Senate leaves until September without coronavirus relief deal | US records deadliest day of summer | Georgia governor drops lawsuit over Atlanta's mask mandate Senate leaves until September without coronavirus relief deal Pelosi: COVID talks will resume when GOP offers T MORE (R-N.C.) interrupted Cummings to ask about committee rules.

Jordan and Meadows are members of the Freedom Caucus, a group of archconservative Republicans.

Cohen testified Wednesday before the committee about his work for President TrumpDonald John TrumpUSPS warns Pennsylvania mail-in ballots may not be delivered in time to be counted Michael Cohen book accuses Trump of corruption, fraud Trump requests mail-in ballot for Florida congressional primary MORE, especially on his work for Trump during the 2016 presidential election. Cohen pleaded guilty in November to lying to Congress.