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

Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanDemocrats say Trump ceded right to block Bolton when he attacked him Bolton upends Trump impeachment trial  Government privacy watchdog under pressure to recommend facial recognition ban 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 TapperRepublican senator: Trump's Schiff tweet not a 'death threat' Impeachment manager says senators should vote for witnesses as a 'favor' to the country GOP senator defends Trump amid Parnas recording: 'Certainly the president meets a lot of people' MORE countered, "The leaks are of accurate information."

The transcript of President TrumpDonald John TrumpCNN's Don Lemon explains handling of segment after Trump criticism NPR reporter after Pompeo clash: Journalists don't interview government officials to score 'political points' Lawyer says Parnas can't attend Senate trial due to ankle bracelet 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 BidenPerry delegation talking points stressed pushing Ukraine to deal with 'corruption' GOP senator airs anti-Biden ad in Iowa amid impeachment trial Biden photobombs live national news broadcast at one of his rallies 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 PelosiDemocrats offer mixed reactions to Trump's Mideast peace plan James Taylor to perform at awards ceremony for Ruth Bader Ginsburg this week Trump offers two-state peace plan for Israeli-Palestinian conflict amid skepticism MORE (D-Calif.) launched into Trump last week. One Republican, Rep. Mark AmodeiMark Eugene AmodeiBillboards calling on House Republicans to 'do their job' follow members home for Thanksgiving Trump's defenders are running out of options Avoiding the snake in the grass: Let's not allow impeachment to divide us MORE (Nev.), came out in support of the inquiry.