Jim Jordan defends White House hiding transcripts, says administration has to protect against leaks

Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanGraham says Schiff should be a witness in Trump impeachment trial Democrats seize on new evidence in first public impeachment hearing House Republicans call impeachment hearing 'boring,' dismiss Taylor testimony as hearsay MORE (R-Ohio) defended the White House placing a transcript of a call with a foreign leader on a secret server, saying the administration has to protect against leaks.

Jordan, in an interview Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” cited a Senate study that he said found “more leaks in the first five months, state security leaks in the first five months of the
Trump administration than any other administration.”

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“They should be putting everything in with folks around you leaking everything,” Jordan said. 

CNN's Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperRepublicans, Democrats brace for first public testimony in impeachment inquiry Johnson dismisses testimony from White House officials contradicting Trump as 'just their impression' Saagar Enjeti: Harris campaign 'is failing because she doesn't stand for anything' MORE countered, "The leaks are of accurate information."

The transcript of President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP senators balk at lengthy impeachment trial Warren goes local in race to build 2020 movement 2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes MORE’s call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and the placement of the transcript on a secret server are both focuses of an impeachment inquiry into Trump. 

Jordan also defended the call, telling Tapper that “there’s nothing there” and using similar rhetoric to Trump in calling the impeachment inquiry an attack.  

The call, which the White House released a partial transcript of, shows Trump asking Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenGOP senators balk at lengthy impeachment trial 2020 Democrats make play for veterans' votes 2020 Dems put focus on stemming veteran suicides MORE, a 2020 candidate, and Biden's son. 

“That doesn’t alarm you?” Tapper asked Jordan. 

“It’s not OK because he didn’t — but he didn't do that,” Jordan responded. 

“It’s in the transcript,” Tapper said. 

“You guys don’t read things in context,” Jordan responded 

The whistleblower complaint also alleges White House officials were directed to remove the electronic transcript from the system that stores such calls. The White House reportedly confirmed the call was placed on a highly classified system, according to The Associated Press. 

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