Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) was assigned to the House Intelligence Committee ahead of public hearings related to the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.
Jordan, a staunch defender of Trump, replaces Rep. Rick Crawford (R-Ark.), who resigned from the panel Friday, according to House Republicans.
“Jim Jordan has been on the front lines in the fight for fairness and truth. His addition will ensure more accountability and transparency in this sham process,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said in a statement on Friday.
Jordan is the top Republican member of the House Oversight Committee. Hes been present on the closed-door depositions, but he couldnt ask questions as he wasnt a member of the Intelligence Committee, which is chaired by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.).
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, 2019
“In Speaker Pelosis House, those responsibilities have fallen victim to partisan witch hunts,” McCarthy added. “The typically venerable Intelligence Committee has now become the partisan Impeachment Committee.”
When the inquiry is finished, Crawford will again join the Intelligence Committee, he said.
“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 and resume his work to keep our country safe.”
On Thursday, Jordan told reporters that Republicans are looking to subpoena the anonymous whistleblower at the center of the impeachment inquiry.
The whistleblower filed a complaint over a July 25 call with President Volodymyr Zelensky, during which Trump requested that the Ukrainian leader “look into” the firing of a top prosecutor, in relation to Joe and Hunter Biden. In January last year, then-Vice President Joe Biden bragged about forcing the ouster of the prosecutor by withholding $1 billion in U.S. loan guarantees. The prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, who was investigating Burisma at the time, has said in a sworn statement that pressure from Biden led to his firing because he refused to drop the investigation. At the time of Shokins removal, Hunter Biden held a paid position on the board of directors of Burisma.
Jordan, a ranking member on the House Oversight and Reform Committee, said Republicans have been asked to submit a list of their witnesses. Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the senior Republican on the Intelligence Committee, can subpoena a witness with the approval of Schiff, meaning that Jordans move to call on the whistleblower to testify may bear little fruit.