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Politics Jim Jordan assigned to Intel Committee ahead of Trump impeachment hearings

21:05  08 november  2019
21:05  08 november  2019 Source:   foxnews.com

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  House GOP eyes committee shake-up ahead of Trump impeachment hearings Trump wants Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) in particular “more involved” in his defense on Capitol Hill, according to a senior Trump administration official.Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), the top Republican on the House Oversight and Reform Committee and a veteran combatant in highly charged Capitol Hill investigations, has taken the leading role in closed-door depositions of key witnesses in the impeachment inquiry. But he is not a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, which Democrats last week voted to give the sole power to conduct public hearings.

House Oversight Committee Ranking Member Jim Jordan has been assigned by Republican leadership to serve on the House Intelligence Committee so he can participate in questioning in the open Trump -ukraine house impeachment inquiry to start 'Open hearings ' nov.

Republican leadership have assigned Rep. Jim Jordan to serve on the House Intelligence Committee during the open impeachment hearings against Trump . Republicans Move Jim Jordan to Intel Committee ahead of Public Impeachment Hearings .

House Oversight Committee Ranking Member Jim Jordan has been assigned by Republican leadership to serve on the House Intelligence Committee so he can participate in questioning in the open Trump impeachment hearings starting next week.

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Jordan, R-Ohio, replaces Rep. Rick Crawford, R-Ark., who temporarily resigned from his post on the panel Friday.

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Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) has been assigned to the House Intelligence Committee ahead of public hearings related to the impeachment inquiry against The whistleblower filed a complaint over a July 25 call with President Volodymyr Zelensky, during which Trump requested that the Ukrainian leader

Jim Jordan is set to blow the whole impeachment sham to shreds after gaining a seat on Schiff’s House Intel Committee on Friday. Jordan will serve on the anti- Trump committee in time for the public impeachment hearings next week after Arkansas Rep. Rick Crawford announced he would be

“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 GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy said in a statement on Friday.

Under current terms, Jordan, as the top Republican on the Oversight Committee, has been in the room for most closed-door depositions. Because he is not a member of the Intelligence Committee, though, the Ohio Republican cannot ask questions.

"In Speaker Pelosi’s House, those responsibilities have fallen victim to partisan witch hunts," McCarthy said. "The typically venerable Intelligence Committee has now become the partisan Impeachment Committee."

McCarthy said Crawford will rejoin the committee after the inquiry is complete.

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For his part, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., called the hearings a "solemn undertaking" in a letter to colleagues. With the bang of a gavel, Schiff will open the impeachment hearings Wednesday into Trump 's alleged pressure on Ukraine to investigate 2020

Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) is going wherever impeachment goes. Next week, the House Intelligence Committee will start public impeachment hearings — something Jordan , as House Oversight In recent campaign ads on Facebook, Trump has repeatedly and falsely claimed former Vice President

"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."

A senior House Democratic aide tells Fox that Democrats allowed the personnel shift because “it is customary that whoever the minority proposes is accepted.”

Jordan, who has been a staunch defender of the president, in his current role, would not have been on the dais during open hearings next week to counterpunch. Republican leadership, all week, had been weighing the Jordan move, also considering adding Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., and Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., as well. But in order to position Jordan on the panel, Republican leadership is required to remove one of the current Republicans on the panel. Removing three, to also include Meadows and Zeldin, would be somewhat of a feat.

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“ 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 GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy said "The typically venerable Intelligence Committee has now become the partisan Impeachment Committee ."

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"Politically, there's no way for us to pull this off," a Republican source told Fox News.

The assignment comes just days before the first open hearings as part of the impeachment inquiry.

On Wednesday, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., announced that the first public hearings as part of the inquiry would be held next Wednesday and Friday, featuring current and former officials with knowledge of the Ukraine controversy.

“Next week, the House Intelligence Committee will hold its first open hearings as part of the impeachment inquiry,” Schiff tweeted.

“On Wednesday, November 13, 2019, we will hear from William Taylor and George Kent,” he continued. “On Friday, November 15, 2019, we will hear from Marie Yovanovitch.”

“More to come,” he added.

The first public hearing will feature Taylor, the acting U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, who already testified behind closed doors before congressional investigators that the president pushed Ukraine to investigate election interference, former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, and their Ukrainian dealings — and that he was told U.S. military aid and a White House meeting were used as leverage to get a public announcement from Kiev that the probes were underway.

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Jim Jordan of Ohio on the Intelligence Committee so he can be part of the public impeachment hearings , the conservative firebrand is not likely to have much of a role to play based on the rules governing the hearings .

Jordan has been an effective questioner and communicator for the republicans in the House, and moving him to HPSCI would allow him to participate in the public impeachment hearing controlled by Adam Schiff. Jordan responded to that possibility earlier today on Fox…

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Kent, the deputy assistant Secretary of State, also will appear with Taylor. Kent testified behind closed doors last month, and told the committees that he had concerns about Hunter Biden’s role on the board of Ukrainian natural gas firm, Burisma Holdings, in 2015, but was rebuffed by the former vice president’s staff, which said the office was preoccupied with Beau Biden’s cancer battle.

Meanwhile, next Friday, Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, will appear in a public setting. She testified last month behind closed doors as well, telling lawmakers that Ukraine told her about Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani’s campaign to oust her from her post in the administration. Yovanovitch was pushed out of her job in May on Trump’s orders.

Yovanovitch said she learned from Ukrainian officials last November or December that Giuliani was in touch with Ukraine’s former top prosecutor, Yuri Lutsenko, “and that they had plans, and that they were going to, you know, do things, including to me.”

“Basically, it was people in the Ukrainian government who said that Mr. Lutsenko, the former prosecutor general, was in communication with Mayor Giuliani,” she testified.

In her testimony, Yovanovitch also told investigators that she was not disloyal to the president.

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"I have heard the allegation in the media that I supposedly told our embassy team to ignore the president's orders since he was going to be impeached," she said. "That allegation is false. I have never said such a thing to my embassy colleagues or anyone else."

"We move forward with the open phase," Schiff told reporters on the Hill on Wednesday, adding that the committee still has "remaining depositions," which they "will be conducting over the next couple of days."

The impeachment inquiry was opened after a whistleblower complaint alleged that Trump, during a July phone call, pushed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter as military aid to the country was being withheld.

A transcript released by the White House shows Trump making that request, but he and his allies deny that military aid was clearly linked to the request or that there was any quid pro quo. Some witnesses coming before House committees as part of the impeachment proceedings have challenged that assertion.

The White House, though, has maintained the president did nothing wrong.

The House of Representatives, last week, passed a measure largely along party lines, formalizing the process and setting “ground rules” for the impeachment inquiry, including for public witness testimony.

While Republicans opposed the resolution and complained the rules were unfair, they still gave minority Republicans the ability to subpoena witnesses, with the concurrence of Democratic committee chairs. If the chair does not consent, the minority can appeal to the full committee.

"We're glad to see that Chairman Schiff has decided to move his impeachment proceedings out of his top-secret bunker and into the public eye," a GOP aide told Fox News Wednesday. "We're confident that the American people will see that there was no quid pro quo and no pressure on the Ukrainian government -- for anything."

The GOP aide added: "Unlike Chairman Schiff, we have never had anything to hide and look forward to the opportunity to present the facts of the case."

Meanwhile, U.S. diplomat David Hale appeared before the committees leading the impeachment inquiry on Wednesday behind closed doors. Hale is expected to tell lawmakers that political considerations were behind the State Department's decision to withhold U.S. military aid from Ukraine.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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