Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanAllies see rising prospect of Trump 2024 White House bid Republican leaders misjudged Jan. 6 committee Watchdog group seeks ethics probe over McCarthy's Jan. 6 comments MORE (R-Ohio) confirmed in an interview with Spectrum News on Wednesday that he spoke with former President TrumpDonald TrumpCapitol fencing starts coming down after 'Justice for J6' rally Netanyahu suggests Biden fell asleep in meeting with Israeli PM Aides try to keep Biden away from unscripted events or long interviews, book claims MORE on Jan. 6.
Reporter Taylor Popielarz sought to clear up remarks Jordan had made during an interview with Fox News host Bret Baier on Tuesday where he alluded to speaking with Trump.
When Baier asked Jordan whether he spoke with the former president on the day of the riot, Jordan answered that he spoke with Trump many times.
"No, no, I mean on Jan. 6, congressman," Baier responded.
"Yes, I mean I've talked to the president — I've talked to the president so many — I can't remember all the days I've talked to him, but I've certainly talked to the president," Jordan replied.
Ohio's @Jim_Jordan confirms to me:— Taylor Popielarz (@TaylorPopielarz) July 28, 2021
“I spoke with [Trump] on Jan. 6th."
Before, during or after attack?
“I spoke with him that day, after? I think after. I don't know if I spoke with him in the morning or not. I just don't know...I don't know when those conversations happened.” pic.twitter.com/h4fbuMYtk0
Popielarz asked Jordan to clear some confusion on the matter, asking the Ohio Republican, “First off, yes or no — did you speak with President Trump on Jan. 6?”
“Yeah I mean — I spoke with the president last week, I speak with the president all of the time. I spoke with him on Jan. 6. I mean, I talked with President Trump all the time and that's ... I don't think that's unusual. I would expect members of Congress to talk with the president of the United States when they're trying to get done the things they told the voters in their district to do,” Jordan said.
“On Jan. 6, did you speak with him before, during, or after the Capitol was attacked?” Popielarz pressed Jordan.
“I spoke with him that day, after? I think after. I don't know if I spoke with him in the morning or not. I just don't know ... I don't know when those conversations happened,” Jordan replied.
Jordan is among a list of officials who could be called to testify before the House select committee investigating Jan. 6 because he spoke with Trump that day.
During an interview on Good Morning America on Tuesday, Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyThe Memo: Never Trumpers sink into gloom as Gonzalez bows out Kinzinger says Trump 'winning' because many Republicans 'have remained silent' 'Justice for J6' rally puts GOP in awkward spot MORE (Wyo.), one of two Republicans serving on the committee, raised that possibility, saying, “I think that Congressman Jordan may well be a material witness.”
Jordan, a staunch ally of Trump's, was one of five Republicans nominated by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyWhite House debates vaccines for air travel McCarthy on Dems' spending bill: 'The amount of money we spent to win World War II' Democrats lean into vaccine mandates ahead of midterms MORE (R-Calif.) to sit on the select committee investigating the events of Jan. 6, including security failures and Trump's role in the riot.
Pelosi vetoed Jordan and another McCarthy pick, Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.), from serving on the committee.
Pelosi asked McCarthy to pick two new GOP members to serve on the committee. Instead, McCarthy pulled all his Republican picks from the panel.