Rep. Jim Jordan Joins Adam Schiff's House Intelligence Committee

Elias Hubbard
November 8, 2019

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.

"I am appointing Jim Jordan to the House Intelligence Committee-which has now become the Impeachment Committee-where he will continue fighting for fairness and truth".

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

The California Democrat, in a letter to Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the ranking member of the committee, formally asked for the GOP members' requests for witnesses they would like to call for next week's public hearings.

"Rick has offered to step aside for this charade".

As for Crawford, he'll get his seat on Intelligence back after the impeachment proceedings conclude, McCarthy said, calling the Arkansas Republican "an exemplary member". "When it is finished, Rick will rejoin the committee and resume his work to keep our country safe".

The witness request "must be submitted in writing, and must be accompanied by a detailed written justification of the relevance to the inquiry of the testimony of each requested witness", Schiff said in a statement released on Thursday, citing a recently-passed House resolution formalizing proceedings of the impeachment inquiry.

Jordan and Meadows sit on the Oversight Committee, while New York's Zeldin serves on the Foreign Relations Committee.

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

The probe was sparked by a whistleblower's report that Trump had asked Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky for a "favor" - investigations into the Bidens and the 2016 election - at a time he was withholding almost $400 million in military aid from Ukraine, locked in a battle with Russian-backed separatists.

In a letter to Devin Nunes, the Republican ranking member of the Democratic-controlled House panel, Schiff said the first in a series of open hearings will be held on November 13 at 10:00 a.m. and that the minority should submit its witness request no later than November 9 at 11:20 a.m. Trump has denied wrongdoing.

When both sides have exhausted questioning under that format, then other members of the Intelligence Committee will have five minutes each to ask questions, just like in normal hearings.

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