Ranking Member Jim Jordan (R-OH) joined Jesse Watters Primetime on Fox News Channel yesterday to discuss his demand for information regarding the arrest of seven individuals affiliated with the television program The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, who gained access to the Longworth House Office Building after hours on June 16, 2022 and roamed the complex unescorted with the apparent intent of harassing Republican offices. Jordan sent a letter alongside Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) to U.S. Capitol Police Chief J. Thomas Manger requesting all reports, witness statements, security footage, still photographs, and other material related to the arrests.
The individuals reportedly gained unauthorized access back into the building through Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA), a member of the House Select Committee to Investigate January 6, and Representative Jake Auchincloss (D-MA).
On the Stephen Colbert show’s reconnaissance tour:
“We’d like to know who these individuals are, what exactly they were charged with, and maybe most importantly, what the video shows. But I think kind of the real takeaway is I thought the January 6th Committee was supposed to be the most important investigation, the most solemn serious committee in the history of the Republic. If that’s the case, then why are they working with some comedy crew, letting them in to videotape whatever they were going to videotape, and letting them in the Capitol Complex illegally? So I think that’s a question. This whole double standard, and this idea that they get to have it both ways drives me crazy, you crazy, and I think all the folks who are watching crazy as well.”
On Democrats’ hypocrisy:
“Here’s the real irony. They accuse a colleague of mine, Barry Loudermilk, of conducting a reconnaissance tour. The Capitol Hill Chief of Police was asked to look into this. He sent a letter to the House Administration Republicans on that committee and in that letter, he said there was nothing that in any way could be viewed as any kind of reconnaissance or surveillance. ‘Nothing suspicious whatsoever’ was one of the statements he used. So complete exoneration, but the January 6th Committee just [doubles] down, says ‘Oh no we don’t believe what the Capitol Hill Police Chief said. We still think that happened.’ And yet then just a couple days later, this happens. They let people in illegally. They get arrested for doing surveillance, doing some kind of reconnaissance. That to me is the real irony here.
“…We have caught them in major lies. We caught them lying about me and a text message I had forwarded to the Chief of Staff at the White House. We caught them in this lie about Congressman Loudermilk. Imagine what other things they’re telling us that aren’t accurate based on all the information we don’t get to see? So that’s I think a big concern — that we have all that information. We never get to access the documents. And yet we don’t know what that’s all based on. How many other lies are they telling if we’ve caught them in just a couple with the limited amount of information we are privy to?”
Read the full letter to U.S. Capitol Police Chief J. Thomas Manger here.