Jim Jordan Concerned As Jan. 6 Committee Seek Interview Over Trump Texts

Representative Jim Jordan has "real concerns" about the work of the House Select Committee investigating January 6 after it sent him a letter seeking a meeting to discuss his communications with former President Donald Trump.

Jordan, a Republican who represents Ohio's 4th congressional district, told Fox News' Brian Kilmeade that the committee had misled the American people over a truncated text message from Jordan to former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, released on December 13.

The House Select Committee wishes to speak to Jordan about his communications with Trump on January 6, noting in a letter from committee chair Representative Bennie Thompson that Jordan was in touch with Trump at least once that day.

The communications the committee is investigating are likely to include any text messages Jordan might have sent to Trump on January 6.

Jordan previously told the House Rules Committee in October that he had communicated with the former president after the Capitol riot, but not during the storming of the building.

Kilmeade, host of Fox News' Primetime, asked Jordan how he would react to the request.

"Will it be the same as Mark Meadows—take a walk —or would you sit down and speak to them?" Kilmeade said.

Meadows was recently held in contempt of Congress for his refusal to cooperate with the House Select Committee.

"I mean, we just got the letter today, Brian," Jordan replied.

"We're gonna review the letter. But I've got honest with you. I got real concerns about any committee that will take a document and alter it and present it to the American people, completely mislead the American people like they did last week," he said.

"And it turns out it looks like it wasn't just one document they did this with. It was others, other text messages as well. So I got real concerns with that."

He then quickly moved on to discussing other issues including the southern border, energy and the midterm elections.

Jordan was referring to a text message that he forwarded to Meadows containing a legal argument from former Department of Defense Inspector General Joseph Schmitz saying, in part, that then-Vice President Mike Pence "should call out all electoral votes that he believes are unconstitutional as no electoral votes at all" on January 6.

A truncated version of the message was released by the committee and attributed to an unnamed lawmaker, later revealed to be Jordan. The full message and the fact it was forwarded were later made public and several conservatives accused the committee of being misleading or even tampering with evidence.

A particular focus of criticism was the placing of a period instead of the original dash and erasing the subsequent clause. The committee said placing the period was inadvertent and that it "regrets the error."

Thompson, chair of the Select Committee and a Democrat representing Mississippi's 2nd district, wrote seeking Jordan's "voluntary cooperation" with the investigation on Wednesday.

"We understand that you had at least one and possibly multiple communications with President Trump on January 6th. We would like to discuss each such communication with you in detail," the letter said.

The committee is also seeking information on any communications Jordan had with White House personnel, Trump's legal team and others who may have been involved in strategizing for January 6.

Jim Jordan Speaks at a News Conference
Representative Jim Jordan (R-OH) speaks at a news conference on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision to reject two of Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s selected members from serving on the committee investigating the January 6 riots on July 21, 2021 in Washington, D.C. The House Select Committee investigating January 6 is seeking Jordan's cooperation with its probe. Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images