Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) has proven himself to be a loyal supporter of President Trump and a defender of the Constitution. He will now wield considerably more power in the House, as he was chosen to be the ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee.
From Catherine Herridge:
And CNN confirms it:
More from CNN:
Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio has been selected as the next ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee by the House Republican steering committee, a GOP source tells CNN.
Jordan, a fierce defender of President Donald Trump, will replace Rep. Doug Collins, a Georgia Republican who is running for the Senate in a primary against Sen. Kelly Loeffler.
While the full Republican conference still needs to approve Jordan for the position, the panel usually supports the steering committee's recommendation.
Currently the top Republican on the House Oversight Committee, Jordan's new post will thrust him into center of the GOP's pushback against a wave of Democratic oversight efforts. A leadership role on the committee is highly coveted because of its wide jurisdiction over US law enforcement, from civil rights and impeachment of federal officials to sexual harassment protections.
Jordan had run to be the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee in 2018 but dropped the bid after a spokesman from his office told CNN it was made clear to Jordan that the leadership would be selecting someone else for the job.
News of Jordan's selection comes just one day after Trump's impeachment acquittal. Jordan was one of several House GOP members to be added to Trump's Senate impeachment defense team.
Even among the President's most vocal defenders, Jordan has distinguished himself as a particularly fierce ally whose media appearances often result in contentious exchanges.
During the first hearing with public testimony in the House impeachment investigation, Jordan lambasted Democrats, calling it "a sad day for this country."
"You think about what the Democrats have put our nation through for the last three years," he said, adding that "the American people see through all of this."
"They understand the facts support the President. They understand this process is unfair and they see through the whole darn sham."
And this from Fox News:
Two of President Trump's biggest allies on Capitol Hill have been selected for top GOP roles on a pair of committees.
The House GOP Steering Committee met Thursday and recommended that Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan serve as ranking member of the powerful House Judiciary Committee effective March 12, and that North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows take Jordan's spot as Oversight Committee ranking member for the remainder of this Congress, Fox News has confirmed.
The full conference now has to ratify the recommendation, which was first reported by The Hill. Current House Judiciary Committee Chairman Doug Collins, R-Ga., will step down from that post as he pursues a Senate seat.
Jordan and Meadows were among Trump's strongest defenders during the impeachment proceedings and served on his legal defense team.
Earlier in the day at his impeachment acquittal "celebration" at the White House, President Trump praised Meadows and Jordan as "warriors" -- but also took some light-hearted jabs.
At one point, Trump ribbed Jordan, a college wrestling champion, for rarely wearing a suit jacket, saying: “He's obviously very proud of his body."
Meadows has said he will not run for reelection this year and is rumored to be in talks to join the Trump administration. At the White House celebration, he rose to tell Trump that the support he saw in the East Room of the White House was just a small sampling of the support throughout the country.
“We’ve got your back,” Meadows said, as Trump smiled appreciatively and the room applauded.