The House committee investigating the Capitol riot is requesting a meeting with Rep. Jim Jordan.

Chairman Bennie Thompson told Jordan in a letter Wednesday that the panel wants to question him on any communications he had with then-President Donald Trump on Jan. 6, when hundreds of people stormed the Capitol complex as lawmakers certified now-President Joe Biden's 2020 election win.

"The Select Committee has tremendous respect for the prerogatives of Congress and the privacy of its Members," Thompson said in a letter. "At the same time, we have a solemn responsibility to investigate fully the facts and circumstances of these events."


Thompson said the committee seeks "voluntary cooperation" from Jordan, an Ohio Republican, similar to the request sent to Rep. Scott Perry, who was recently elected to be the next chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, earlier this week. Members of the panel have suggested a subpoena is possible if Perry does not cooperate. Perry said Tuesday that he declined the committee's request.

The committee said Jordan might also have information about meetings Trump allies held to discuss strategies to overturn the 2020 election. Additionally, the committee said it is interested in any discussions to which Jordan was privy about potential presidential pardons for individuals involved in the events of Jan. 6.

"When you were asked during a Rules Committee hearing on October 20, 2021, whether you would be willing to share with the Select Committee the information you have regarding January 6th and the events leading up to that day, you responded, 'I’ve said all along, "I have nothing to hide." I’ve been straightforward all along'" Thompson said in his letter.

Jordan was one of the five members House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy put forward to represent the Republican Party on the committee, only to be rejected by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who instead selected two Trump foes, Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger. Cheney is the vice chairwoman of the committee, making her the ranking member.

Pelosi's actions in the committee were recently referenced in lawsuits by Michael Flynn and Alex Jones, two people subpoenaed by the Jan. 6 panel. They both argued that McCarthy was supposed to appoint the ranking member of the committee in accordance with House rules. A judge rejected Flynn's request for a restraining order on Thursday.


Thompson proposed a meeting with Jordan on Jan. 3 or Jan. 4 and offered the week of Jan. 10 as an alternative. He also noted that the panel would be willing to "explore travel arrangements" to have a meeting with the congressman in his home district.

The Washington Examiner reached out to a representative of Jordan for comment. The congressman told Fox News that his team received the letter and that he plans to review it. Jordan also raised "real concerns" about the panel after it admitted to altering one of his text messages to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows.

Rep. Adam Schiff, a Democratic member of the Jan. 6 panel, told MSNBC host Rachel Maddow on Wednesday evening that a subpoena "is one of the other tools" the committee will have to consider if Jordan does not comply with the request for information.