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

Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Divided House on full display Trump to reemerge on political scene at CPAC Democratic fury with GOP explodes in House 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 TapperEx-Trump press secretary criticized for stirring up QAnon on Twitter Maryland GOP governor says he would have voted to convict Trump Democratic senator defends decision not to call witnesses: 'They weren't going to get more Republican votes' MORE countered, "The leaks are of accurate information."

The transcript of President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden to hold virtual bilateral meeting with Mexican president More than 300 charged in connection to Capitol riot Trump Jr.: There are 'plenty' of GOP incumbents who should be challenged 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 BidenHouse Democrats pass sweeping .9T COVID-19 relief bill with minimum wage hike Biden to hold virtual bilateral meeting with Mexican president More than 300 charged in connection to Capitol riot 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. 

Almost all House Democrats are backing the impeachment inquiry Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiHouse Democrats pass sweeping .9T COVID-19 relief bill with minimum wage hike Budget Committee chair pledges to raise minimum wage: 'Hold me to it' Capitol review to recommend adding more fencing, 1,000 officers: report MORE (D-Calif.) launched into Trump last week. One Republican, Rep. Mark AmodeiMark Eugene AmodeiCapitol Police head cites Biden speech threat for keeping security high Acting chief acknowledges police were unprepared for mob House Republicans who didn't sign onto the Texas lawsuit MORE (Nev.), came out in support of the inquiry.