GOP Rep. Jim Jordan now says he 'can't recall' how many times he spoke to Trump ...

GOP Rep. Jim Jordan now says he 'can't recall' how many times he spoke to Trump ...
GOP Rep. Jim Jordan now says he 'can't recall' how many times he spoke to Trump ...

Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan said Wednesday he can't remember how many times he spoke to former President Donald Trump on Jan. 6th – the day of a 'Stop the Steal' rally where MAGA supporters breached the Capitol.

Jordan brought up the call or calls – he has acknowledged speaking to Trump in the past – at a Rules Committee hearing where he furiously defended the president as the House prepares to vote on a resolution to hold former Trump advisor Steve Bannon in criminal contempt. 

'Of course I talked to the president,' Jordan said during heated back-and-forth with panel chair Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.). 

'I talked to him that day. I've been clear about that. I don't recall the number of times, but it's not about me. I know you want to make it about that,' he said. 

'I talked to him that day. I've been clear about that. I don't recall the number of times,' said Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), who has said previously he spoke to former President Trump on Jan. 6th

'I talked to him that day. I've been clear about that. I don't recall the number of times,' said Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), who has said previously he spoke to former President Trump on Jan. 6th

The confusion comes months after panel vice chair Rep. Liz Cheney said the Jan. 6th select committee may call Jordan to testify as a 'material witness' about what he knows of the president's activities that day. 

Jordan in August told Politico he spoke to Trump 'more than once,' that day, when a source said the lawmakers urged the president to tell his reporters to stand down. 

The outlet reported that Jordan and Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz. both Trump ultra-loyalists, called the president from a safe room after lawmakers were evacuated from the House chamber during the riot.

'Look, I definitely spoke to the president that day. I don't recall — I know it was more than once, I just don't recall the times,' he said. 

McGovern read back Jordan's prior quotes on the subject, and asked him whether he was able to respond 84 days after his first comments about it when he spoke to Trump.

'When did you speak with the former president on January 6th? Did you talk to the former president before, during or after the attack on the Capitol or was it all three?' McGovern asked. 

'This is about the lack of a proper security presence that day,' he said.

Pressed again, Jordan responded: 'I talked to the president after the attack. And I've been clear about that.' Pressed on his Politico comments, Jordan said: 'No, I didn't speak to the president during the attack.' McGovern told Jordan 'your name comes up again again in regard to efforts to overturn the election' in comments by Trump. 

After McGovern read back Jordan's prior quotes, he also agreed that he spoke to Trump from a safe room on Jan. 6th. 'Yeah, after the thing – that's what I said,' he responded.' 

Jordan, who was appearing as a witness, then tried to turn the tables by asking McGovern about his own objections to a state's electoral vote count in 2017. 

House minority leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy was reported to have had a shouting phone call with Trump where he pleaded with him to tell his supporters to go home while hundreds of people clashed with police and rampaged through the Capitol. 

Jordan got into a tense exchange with Rules chair Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.)

Jordan got into a tense exchange with Rules chair Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.)

In July, Jordan told Spectrum News he spoke with Trump Jan. 6.  ''I spoke with him that day, after?' He continued: 'I think after. I don't know if I spoke with him in the morning or not. I just don't know. … I don't know when those conversations happened.' 

Cheney told ABC's 'Good Morning America' in July, speaking of Jordan: 'He’s somebody who was involved in a number of meetings in the lead-up to what happened on January 6th, involved in planning for January 6th, certainly for the objections that day as he said publicly, so he may well be a material witness.'

The House Rules Committee voted for a procedure for the House to hold former chief White House strategist Steven Bannon in contempt of Congress – setting up a bitter floor clash for Thursday over the Jan. 6th riot and its aftermath.

A angry debate over the rule in the cramped Rules panel's Capitol hearing room provided a preview for the pyrotechnics, Cheney (R-Wyo.) testifying about the 'dark day in our history' and urging the panel not to let Bannon ignore a subpoena.  

Cheney accused McCarthy of blocking a bipartisan commission to probe the Jan. 6th Capitol riot earlier this year and intimidating fellow Republican lawmakers as a House panel conducts its probe.  

'I've heard from a number of my colleagues in the last several days who say they quote just don't want this target on their back. They're just trying to keep their heads down. They don't want to anger Kevin McCarthy, the minority leader, who as

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