Editorial: Jim Jordan must testify


A recent editorial by the Sandusky Register:

If you were subpoenaed by a Congressional committee to appear before it and testify, you would likely comply, or be taken into custody for defying it. That is a rule of law.

It might not be fair; it might not be right; it might not be justified.

It might be politically motivated; it might be viewed as a witch hunt; it might be over-reaching.

It might be all of those things, or none of them.

Still, if you were subpoenaed by a Congressional committee to appear before it to testify you would likely comply, or be taken into custody for defying it. That is a rule of law.

The committee has hearings scheduled this month, beginning next week.

U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, who represents portions of Erie, Huron and Lorain counties, Sandusky County and several other western Ohio counties to near the Ohio-Indiana border in his gerrymandered 4th District, has been subpoenaed by the U.S. House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection.

Jordan has not agreed to appear, and he’s raised objections that his subpoena is not constitutional. That is, he says, because he has “no relevant” information that would advance the committee’s investigation.

But Jordan already has acknowledged he spoke with President Donald Trump on the day of the insurrection and there are texts the committee has obtained that suggest he was aware of what was planned that day, or involved more deeply.

Although he’s refused to answer questions from local media for 17 months, he’s spoken extensively about his views on this and other topics to friendly news outlets. His claims that he wasn’t in the know — given his close relationship to Trump — aren’t credible. In fact they seem obviously contrived.

Jordan is one of five House Republicans, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, that the committee subpoenaed in May to appear before it. U.S. Reps. Andy Biggs of Arizona, Scott Perry of Pennsylvania and Mo Brooks of Alabama are the others. All have deposition dates scheduled over the next two weeks, according to reports.

The American people are owed a full explanation about what happened on Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington.

If you were subpoenaed by a Congressional committee to appear before it to testify you would likely comply, or be taken into custody for defying it. That is a rule of law.

Jordan should testify. It’s just that simple.

— Sandusky Register, June 3