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The U.S. House Jan. 6 committee report said Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, “was a significant player” in President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election.

Jordan “participated in numerous post-election meetings” in which White House officials and others “discussed strategies for challenging the election.”

Jordan led a call in which he, Trump and congressional members “discussed strategies for delaying” the congressional session to certify the election result.

Jordan texted Trump’s chief of staff, advising that Vice President Mike Pence should “call out all the electoral votes that he believes are unconstitutional as no electoral votes at all.” 

House Republicans on Oct. 13, 2023, nominated Jordan for House speaker, but so far he has failed to win a majority of votes in the House.

Special counsel Jack Smith, who is investigating efforts to overturn the election, has not charged Jordan with any crime.

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U.S. Government Publishing Office: Final report — Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol

Washington Post: Republicans nominate Jordan for House speaker after Scalise withdrawal

NBC News: House remains without leader as Jordan fails a second time to win speaker gavel

Washington Post: Jordan faces third House speaker vote amid continuing chaos

Rep. Gwen Moore: Having worked hand in hand with Trump to overturn the 2020 election, Jim Jordan has shown a complete disregard for the democratic process.

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Tom Kertscher joined as a Wisconsin Watch fact checker in January 2023 and contributes to our collaboration with the The Gigafact Project to fight misinformation online. Kertscher is a former longtime newspaper reporter, including at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, who has worked as a self-employed journalist since 2019. His gigs include contributing writer for Milwaukee Magazine and sports freelancer for The Associated Press.