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Jordan Blasts House Probe Amid Committee Request for Depositions From Three More GOP Lawmakers

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House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jim Jordan has railed at the House select committee looking into to the origins of the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol Building as the panel is requesting to depose three more Republican lawmakers.

After focusing on GOP House members exclusively, now the panel wants to speak to Reps. Andy Biggs of Arizona, Mo Brooks of Alabama, and Ronny Jackson of Texas.

In statements, the trio of Republicans said they had no intention of cooperating with the committee’s requests for testimony and other information.

“I will not be participating in the illegitimate and Democrat-sympathizing House Jan. 6 committee panel,” Biggs said. “The committee has been a sham since its origins. Its entire purpose is to destroy President Trump and his supporters, intimidate members of Congress, and distract Americans from real issues that are destroying this country.

“The committee operates with the same kind of bias present at the Salem Witch Trials. Everyone is guilty and must demonstrate their innocence. They are basing their witch-hunt on dubious media accounts,” Biggs continued.

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“At one time I would have voluntarily testified before the Nancy Pelosi Witch Hunt Committee provided the testimony was in public, the questioners were Congressmen, and the questions were limited to events related to January 6. But that time has long passed,” Brooks added.

“I’ve already given numerous sworn affidavits and public statements about January 6. At this moment in time, right before an Alabama U.S. Senate election, if they want to talk, they’re gonna have to send me a subpoena, which I will fight,” he noted further.

Jordan, an Ohio Republican and staunch ally of former President Donald Trump, has also refused to cooperate with the committee, and instead has called for a probe into California Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s role last January.

He has also previously called the probe into the riot nothing but a “political operation” aimed at preventing Trump from running again in 2024.

“There’s been subpoenas issued to 11 individuals, 11 American citizens who asked the government permission on an application to hold the Trump rally,” Jordan said.

“The government granted it and now the committee petitions them to ask them questions about exercising their First Amendment right to assemble,” he added.

“And why would they subpoena me? I didn’t do anything wrong — I talked to the president,” Jordan said. “I talk to the president all the time. I just think that’s — you know where I’m at on this commission — this is all about going after President Trump. That seems obvious.”

Continuing his criticism, Jordan said that “everyone in the country sees this as a political operation. This is designed to get after President Trump. Because they don’t want him to run again.”

Earlier this year, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich made a stunning prediction about the Jan. 6 committee should Republicans retake the chamber during the November midterms.

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In an interview with host Maria Bartiromo, Gingrich, a former Georgia Republican, said members “face a real risk of jail” in expounding on an op-ed he wrote for Newsweek in January titled “The Wolves Will Become Sheep,” arguing that January 6 committee members are likely to have the tables turned on them if the GOP should gain control of Congress.

“You have — both with Attorney General [Merrick] Garland and with this select committee on January 6, people who have run amok,” Gingrich argued.

“What they need to understand is on January 4 next year, you’re going to have a Republican majority in the House and a Republican majority in the Senate. And all these people who have been so tough, and so mean, and so nasty are going to be delivered subpoenas for every document, every conversation, every tweet, every e-mail,” he predicted.

Gingrich went on to blast Garland while describing the Jan. 6 committee as a “lynch mob.”

And he warned that Republicans may look to imprison their political opponents next January by arguing that the inquiry is obliterating the Constitution by “running over peoples’ civil liberties.”

“I think when you have a Republican Congress, this is all going to come crashing down,” Gingrich said. “And the wolves are going to find out that they’re now sheep and they’re the ones who are in fact, I think, face a real risk of jail for the kinds of laws they’re breaking.”

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