The House 1/6 commission has spent the last few months attempting to talk to people within Donald Trump’s inner circle. They are now expanding their probe to lawmakers who are tightly aligned with Trump. And few are more aligned with the former president than Jim Jordan.The panel has let the Ohio congressman know they want to talk to him as a courtesy. They will likely have to take more advanced measures to interview him. And according to Barbara McQuade, Jordan could end up in jail if he refuses their requests.
The former US Attorney told MSNBC, “I think at some point if he continues to fight, then the committee will demand that he come by issuing a subpoena. At that point, his options are to be held in contempt, which can include jail time if he is prosecuted for that crime, so the same path that we have seen for Steve Bannon. So I think it is going to be difficult for him to manage because, unlike Steve Bannon, he’s an elected official.”
“At some point I think his refusal to testify could impact his candidacy down the road. Of course, he represents a base that perhaps would see that sort of defiance as being more attractive rather than less attractive. He’s clearly somebody who has information. I think if I put somebody on the stand with that kind of evasive answer, I would use that as evidence of consciousness of guilt. I want to know what they discussed that day, before that day, and after that day.”
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