Monday, August 8, 2022

Lawyer gives Jim Jordan a sharp personal lesson in hearsay

A lawyer on Twitter slammed back on an account now linked to Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) who suggested that Tuesday’s crushing testimony before the House House committee investigating the U.S. Capitol riot was “hearsay”.

The House Judiciary Committee’s Republican account – which Jordan mentions as its rank member in his Twitter bio – described the astonishing testimony of former White House assistant Cassidy Hutchinson as hearsay.

“It’s literally all hearsay evidence. What a joke, ”said the post on the GOP account about Hutchinson’s testimony about Donald Trump’s last days as president.

Hutchinson, an assistant to former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, testified Tuesday that Trump said he “did not care” that his supporters had weapons at a “Stop the Steal” rally on January 6, 2021. At the end of the rally on the Ellipse, Trump encouraged his supporters to go to the US capital to confront Congress.

She also said Trump rushed to a secret service agent in the presidential limousine when the agent refused to take Trump to the Capitol and instead insisted that they return to the White House.

Twitter account Popehat, an account for attorney Ken White’s law-centered blog of the same name, did not agree with the GOP account.

The report went on to provide examples of what can and should not be considered hearsay.

One example casts a shadow over Jordan for his time as an assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State University, when he allegedly knew about sexual abuse claims by students.

Former university wrestlers emerged in 2018 with allegations that a team doctor, Richard Strauss, sexually abused athletes and that Jordan spoke to them in the locker room about the abuse, NBC News reported.

A former wrestling team captain also said during an Ohio Statehouse trial in 2020 that Jordan called him to ask if he would make statements to contradict allegations that Jordan and other team officials knew of the abuse, Cleveland.com reports.

Jordan has repeatedly denied that he knew of the sexual abuse claims.

The account closed its Twitter thread with a tweet saying “first-hand witness testimony about what Trump said” was not hearsay.

Other legal analysts on Twitter also weighed in on the “hearsay” question.

You can read most of Popehat’s Twitter thread directed to the House Judicial Committee IDP account below.

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