Rep Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) was finally assigned to House Intel Committee as announced by House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Friday. He is expected to challenge the effort of the House Democrats in the partisan impeachment against President Trump.
The move is meant to “put together the best team,” as indicated by the senior Republican aide to CBS News.
It was said before that Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) would possibly be replaced but in the final decision, Rep Rick Crawford (R- Ark.) will temporarily step down.
McCarthy made his decision known in his tweet:
I am appointing @Jim_Jordan to the Intelligence Committee—which has now become the Impeachment Committee—where he will continue fighting for fairness and truth. @RepRickCrawford has been an exemplary member of the committee and will rejoin it when this Democrat charade is over.
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) November 8, 201
Jordan is reported to have more experience running investigations on the Oversight Committee than Nunes and decisively defends the president.
He also insists on subpoenaing the so-called whistleblower for public testimony as part of the impeachment inquiry, saying:
The “Whistleblower’s” lawyer called for a “coup” almost as soon as President Trump took office.
All the more reason why we need to hear from the individual who started this whole impeachment sham.
The “Whistleblower” should testify under oath and in person. https://t.co/oSwhWuXm3j
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) November 7, 2019
Jordan is now collecting the list of witnesses that Republicans wish to interview but blasted the undue process that Schiff has been pushing forward on his tweet:
Republicans only have til Saturday to request witnesses for ALL open hearings.
–@RepAdamSchiff decides WHICH witnesses testify, if any
-Schiff decides WHEN witnesses testify, if at all
-President’s counsel still excluded
Does this sound like due process?
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) November 8, 2019
Jordan is scheduled to get on board next Wednesday, the day that the first public hearing is planned to commence.