Rep. Jim Jordan, a ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, has been appointed to the House Intelligence Committee ahead of impeachment hearings set to take place next week.
The Ohio Republican, a staunch defender of President Donald Trump, will replace Rep. Rick Crawford, who temporarily resigned from House Intelligence Committee on Friday, Fox News reported.
“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.
In his role as the top Republican on the House Oversight Committee, Jordan has been present for most closed-door depositions.
But in his new capacity for the House Intelligence Committee, Jordan will now be able to 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.”
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff announced Wednesday that the first public hearings as part of the impeachment inquiry would take place next week.