Republican Congressman Jim Jordan was confronted by reporters on Wednesday at the U.S. Capitol. While speaking to reporters, Jordan insisted that there was no quid pro quo because Donald Trump said so.
Jordan was asked how he weighs the words of the president and the four other witnesses who said there was a quid pro quo.
“If one witnesses says there’s no quid pro quo but multiple others say there is, what do you do with that?” the reporter wondered.
“We’ve got the transcript where there’s no quid pro quo,” Jordan replied, referring to a White House memo that Democrat believe shows a clear quid pro quo.
Jordan then said, “We’ve got the two people on the call, President [Volodymyr] Zelensky and President Trump saying no quid pro quo.”
Jordan has the facts all wrong. It specifically says in the memo that Trump asked Zelensky for a “favor” in exchange for military aid. That’s the textbook definition of a quid pro quo.
The reporter grilling Jordan on Wednesday noted that both Trump and Zelensky have a “vested interest” in lying about the alleged quid pro quo.
But Jordan had no interest in what she was saying.
“We have the fact that they didn’t know the aid was held up at the time of the call and Ukrainians took no action to get the aid released,” he said. “None of that has happened. It’s all based on what someone told someone.”
Take a look at the exchange in the video clip below: