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As impeachment hearings took the spotlight on Capitol Hill, Rep. Jim Jordan, one of President Donald Trump’s fiercest defenders, is temporarily reassigned to the House Intelligence Committee, where the Ohio Republican already is questioning witnesses sharply and voicing his party’s frustration with the partisan process.
As recently as a week ago, Jordan was the top Republican on the House Oversight and Reform Committee, where he took part in closed-door depositions of witnesses before this week’s public hearings.
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The shakeup that placed Jordan on the Intelligence Committee signals congressional Republicans’ faith in him as a capable communicator tasked with combating the attack strategy of Democratic lawmakers.
That’s exactly what Jordan sought to do during the first public impeachment hearing Wednesday with initial witnesses William Taylor, acting U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, and George Kent, deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs.
Things - Fiery - Ohio - Lawmaker - Role
Here are seven things to know about the fiery Ohio lawmaker as he takes a leading role in the Republicans’ defense strategy for Trump in the impeachment inquiry.
1. He was founding chairman of the House Freedom Caucus.
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As a staunch conservative who often butted heads with Republican party leadership in Congress, Jordan helped to found the House Freedom Caucus in 2015.
Jordan, together with several other prominent congressional conservatives sympathetic to the Tea Party movement, started the caucus to consolidate support for strongly conservative policies and pressure then-House Speaker John Boehner, a fellow Ohio Republican, to take up more conservative legislation.
Freedom - Caucus - Boehner - Resignation - House
The Freedom Caucus was instrumental in Boehner’s resignation as House speaker when several members withdrew their support, and Boehner found it increasingly difficult to unify the right wing of the party with more moderate lawmakers.
Jordan served as the first chairman of the caucus from 2015 to 2017, and the group now has more than 30 members, all Republicans, in the House.
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