Jim Jordan appointed to Intelligence Committee ahead of impeachment hearings

Cheryl Sanders
November 9, 2019

An aggressive push by President Donald Trump's Republican allies to unmask an anonymous whistleblower who ignited the impeachment inquiry could help shore up voter support for Trump, as Congress enters a critical new phase of televised hearings, party officials and strategists say.

The whistleblower was originally scheduled to testify to the House Intelligence Committee in a closed-door hearing, but Democrats have said since then that such testimony would be redundant since other impeachment witnesses have corroborated the claims in the complaint.

The Ohio congressman is now the ranking Republican on the House Oversight Committee and has attended most of the closed-door impeachment hearings so far, but as a member of the Intelligence Committee he will be able to question witnesses.

"In Speaker Pelosi's House, those responsibilities have fallen victim to partisan witch hunts", the California Republican added.

"Along with millions of Americans across the country who are frustrated with this impeachment-obsessed majority, Rick has offered to step aside for this charade", McCarthy said. "When it is finished, Rick will rejoin the committee", McCarthy said.

A statement from McCarthy argued that the intel panel has become the "partisan impeachment committee".

But the resolution passed by the House last week specifically says that Schiff would have the final say over which witnesses the GOP could call, with Democrats saying they wanted to prevent sideshows and grandstanding, while the Republicans want to be able to rebut key witnesses.

The appointment comes as some Republicans have privately questioned whether Rep. Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the Intelligence Committee, was prepared to mount a solid defense for Trump on the committee, the Los Angeles Times reported.

"We'll see if he gives us any of our witnesses", Jordan told reporters on Thursday, referring to Schiff.

Trump has denied any wrongdoing.

Earlier this week, Schiff announced that the first public hearings would take place on Wednesday, Nov. 13.

The subpoena from Republicans comes as Democrats continue to move the inquiry into a more public phase, releasing transcripts on Wednesday from the House's private hearings with USA diplomats who were close to the president's dealings with Ukraine. "On Friday, November 15, 2019, we will hear from Marie Yovanovitch".

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