Jim Jordan joins Intelligence Committee to boost Trump in public impeachment hearings

Source: Politico | November 8, 2019 | Melanie Zanona

“His addition will ensure more accountability and transparency in this sham process,” Kevin McCarthy says.

GOP leadership has officially assigned Rep. Jim Jordan to the House Intelligence Committee ahead of next week’s televised impeachment hearings, a move designed to bolster President Donald Trump’s defense as Democrats take their probe public.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) announced the roster shakeup on Friday, adding that Rep. Rick Crawford (R-Ark.) has agreed to temporarily step aside for Jordan (R-Ohio ), who is seen as one of Trump’s best attack dogs on Capitol Hill. The open impeachment hearings will kick off next Wednesday with testimony from the top diplomat in Ukraine, William Taylor, and George Kent, a deputy assistant secretary of State.

“Jim Jordan has been on the front lines in the fight for fairness and truth,” McCarthy said in a statement. “His addition will ensure more accountability and transparency in this sham process.”

Jordan is the top Republican on the House Oversight Committee, which has been one of the three committees conducting closed-door depositions with impeachment witnesses. Many Republicans see Jordan as a capable messenger and effective questioner.

And some GOP members have expressed frustration that some Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee have not been participating in all the depositions, unlike Jordan and some of Trump’s other top allies. Transcripts of the interviews released this week show Crawford hasn’t been asking many questions during the closed-door sessions.


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