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Jim Jordan attempts to spin a deal with House Select Committee in exchange for his cooperation: report
According to The Washington Post, the Republican lawmaker, who previously suggested that he would not cooperate with the committee, has one condition he wants to be met in order to cooperate. Jordan is reportedly requesting access to "all the evidence the committee had on him ahead of time."
On Wednesday, May 25, Jordan penned a letter addressed to the committee where he leveled accusations, accusing its members of "violating the Constitution and pursuing 'political vendettas' against Trump and the former president’s allies." Sourcing a previous letter he'd sent back in January, Jordan claimed “the Select Committee’s conduct up to that point led me to believe it was not operating fairly or in good faith.”
“Even before your subpoena, as I articulated to you in January, I had serious doubts about the Select Committee’s commitment to fundamental fairness and due process,” Jordan wrote. “Your failure to respond added to my concerns, and your unprecedented actions over the past thirteen days have exacerbated them.”
Per The Post, Jordan "requested that the committee provide him with 'all documents, videos, or other material … that you potentially anticipate using, introducing, or relying on during questioning,' as well as all material in which his name appeared or was referenced and legal analyses of the committee’s power to issue a non-ethics subpoena to a member of Congress."
The lawmaker claims that "only then could he 'adequately further respond to [the] subpoena.”
“I expect that you will provide the entirety of this material without delay," Jordan wrote.
Jordan is one of five Republican lawmakers who have been subpoenaed in connection with the Jan. 6 insurrection. The other four are House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Reps. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.), Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) and Scott Perry (R-Pa.). All initially declined to cooperate with the committee.
Fox News contributor knocks 'unfair' reporters who grilled Texas official over cops' response to school shooting
Former police officer, Trump administration official, and Fox News contributor Tom Homan says reporters and pundits criticizing the police response to the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, which killed 19 students and two teachers, are being a bit too harsh.
"I'm not a Monday morning quarterback, I'm just saying there's a lot of cops here who did a lot of the right things and overall saved a lot of lives, but there's gonna be lessons learned," Homan told Fox News host Kayleigh McEnany.
Homan went on to say that the investigation still isn't completed and some of the criticism of the law enforcement response is "jumping the gun."
"And some of these reporters, the way they're firing these questions at [Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McGraw] is a little unfair."
Watch the video below:
\u201cGet out of here with this.\n\nFox News contributor Tom Homan: "I\u2019m saying there are a lot of cops here that did a lot of the right things and overall saved a lot of lives... and some of the reporters, the way they're firing these questions at McCraw, I think is a little unfair."\u201d— Justin Baragona (@Justin Baragona) 1653670975
Texas DPS Lt. Chris Olivarez agreed during an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer that state guidelines call for officers to disable an active shooter as quickly as possible, with or without backup, but also said police were concerned about the gunman's threat to them, reported the Houston Chronicle.
"In the active shooter situation, you want to stop the killing, you want to preserve life," Olivarez said. "But also one thing that, of course, the American people need to understand is that officers are making entry into this building. They do not know where the gunman is. They are hearing gunshots. They are receiving gunshots."
"At that point," Olivarez added, "if they proceeded any further not knowing where the suspect was at, they could've been shot, they could've been killed, and at that point that gunman would have had an opportunity to kill other people inside that school, so they were able to contain the gunman inside that classroom so that he was not able to go to any other portions of the school to commit any other killings."
\u201c"They could've been shot. They could've been killed," Texas police lieutenant explains why law enforcement did not go into Uvalde school right away.\u201d— Virginia Kruta (@Virginia Kruta) 1653610100