On Thursday (March 9), during a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing, Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA.) slammed Republican Rep. Jim Jordan (Ohio) for “compliance with committee oversight,” noting that Jordan himself, who is now the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee failed to comply with a subpoena in the last Congress.
Swalwell described it as “rich” that the subcommittee was discussing “subpoena compliance” under a chairman who “was absolutely out of subpoena compliance in the last Congress.”
He added that the committee would be “haul[ing] witnesses in here today and claim that they did not comply with subpoenas.”
The California Democrat reiterated that the “request is so rich” considering that “it’s coming from a chairman who… did not comply with the January 6 committee’s requests.”
Jordan had been subpoenaed by the former Congress’s January 6 Committee after the panel discovered the Ohio Republican spoke with former President Donald Trump on the morning of the January 6 Capitol attack.
Jordan refused to comply with the Congressional subpoena, arguing that the subpoena didn’t serve “any legitimate legislative purpose.”
In December, as the January 6 panel was concluding its investigation, it filed an ethics complaint against Jordan and other Republican lawmakers who didn’t comply with the Congressional subpoenas.
Swalwell’s made the comments as the Judiciary Subcommittee on Responsiveness and Accountability was questioning Department of Education and Department of Justice officials on their compliance with subpoenas.