Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, talks with reporters right after a meeting of the Home Republican Conference in the Capitol on June 26, 2018.
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President Donald Trump will get an additional vocal defender in the ongoing impeachment probe as it enters the general public phase.
Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, who has been a fervent ally of Trump, has been assigned to the Home Intelligence Committee to battle for “fairness and real truth” as the impeachment proceedings enter the general public phase, according to a statement from Home Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
Jordan joins the ranks of the president’s most ardent defenders previously on the panel, which includes Reps. Devin Nunes of California and John Ratcliffe of Texas.
The assignment arrives before long right after an additional male stated Jordan, when he was a wrestling mentor at Ohio State College in the early 1990s, disregarded his declare that he experienced been the issue of sexual abuse by Dr. Richard Strauss. Unbiased investigators have dominated that Strauss, who died in 2005, sexually abused 177 male pupils above about 20 years.
A Jordan spokesman did not return CNBC’s request for comment on the newest Strauss-similar accusation.
In the impeachment hearings, Jordan will likely be at odds with Intel committee chairman Adam Schiff, the California Democrat who is major the general public inquiry and has drawn the ire of conservatives pundits and politicians, which includes Trump.
Jordan was component of a failed effort to censure Schiff in October above Schiff’s recounting of Trump’s controversial July 25th connect with with Ukrainian President Vlodomyr Zelensky all through a September 27 listening to. A partial transcript of that connect with was made general public right after a whisteblower criticism uncovered it.
On the connect with, Trump seems to request Zelensky to dig up dirt on his political rivals in trade for the launch of armed forces aid that the administration experienced held up. The concern of no matter whether there was a quid pro quo is at the coronary heart of the impeachment inquiry.
Jordan now serves as the top Republican on the Home Oversight and Reform Committee, but will be briefly placed on the Intel committee as effectively when the panel conducts general public hearings.
The Oversight committee is also associated in the impeachment system, but the Intel Committee is the only system with the skill to carry out general public hearings on impeachment.
Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Florida Republican who has been a staunch advocate of Trump, tweeted on Nov. fifth that if Jordan was not extra to the panel, Home Republicans would be “failing” President Trump.
Jordan has also pushed for the general public disclosure of the whistleblower’s id, whose criticism to the inspector normal sparked the impeachment inquiry into President Trump.
Jordan’s appointment arrives at the expense of Arkansas Rep. Rick Crawford, who said his hope that the Intel Committee would “listen to the comprehensive real truth” all through the study course of the impeachment hearings.
CNBC’s Yelena Dzhanova contributed to this report.