White House appoints GOP House members to Trump's impeachment team

Source: The Hill | January 20, 2020 | John Bowden

The White House announced Monday that President Trump has appointed several Republican members of the House to serve as member of his impeachment team ahead of the Senate trial set to begin this week.

In a statement Monday evening it was announced that Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), Mike Johnson (R-La.), Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.), Jim Jordan (R-N.C.), Debbie Lesko (R-Ariz.), John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) and Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) would join Trump’s impeachment team.

The statement added that the lawmakers “have provided guidance to the White House team, which was prohibited from participating in the proceedings concocted by Democrats in the House of Representatives” throughout the House proceedings and would continue to do so in the Senate.

Trump’s move to appoint the lawmakers comes as some key Republican allies in the Senate had warned against such appointments, warning that the addition of Republican House members would cast the Senate trial in a partisan light.

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