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

Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanSunday shows preview: Bipartisan infrastructure talks drag on; Democrats plow ahead with Jan. 6 probe Freedom Caucus presses McCarthy to force vote to oust Pelosi Maryland's GOP governor slams 'whitewashing' of Jan. 6 riot 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 TapperFive takeaways from the CPAC conference in Dallas Eric Adams to meet with Biden on curbing gun violence Israel offering third Pfizer dose to adults with weak immune systems MORE countered, "The leaks are of accurate information."

The transcript of President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump hails Arizona Senate for audit at Phoenix rally, slams governor Arkansas governor says it's 'disappointing' vaccinations have become 'political' Watch live: Trump attends rally in Phoenix 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 BidenTrump hails Arizona Senate for audit at Phoenix rally, slams governor Republicans focus tax hike opposition on capital gains change Biden on hecklers: 'This is not a Trump rally. Let 'em holler' 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 PelosiSunday shows preview: Bipartisan infrastructure talks drag on; Democrats plow ahead with Jan. 6 probe House Democrats grow frustrated as they feel ignored by Senate Yellen to Congress: Raise the debt ceiling or risk 'irreparable harm' MORE (D-Calif.) launched into Trump last week. One Republican, Rep. Mark AmodeiMark Eugene AmodeiNorth Las Vegas mayor running for Nevada governor Marjorie Taylor Greene's delay tactics frustrate GOP Capitol Police head cites Biden speech threat for keeping security high MORE (Nev.), came out in support of the inquiry.