The GOP may make a huge and combative move to shut down or muzzle Adam Schiff and his doomed effort to impeach Trump.
Look, as we can now see the firewall in the GOP Senate will hold. Sure, Romney or Collins may defect and vote to convict but there is no chance 20 GOP Senators break and go with the Dems.
No chance. So this becomes a chance to damage Trump’s 2020 campaign more than anything.
Look, it worked when the GOP crushed Hillary during the Benghazi hearings so the Dems will try to do it to Trump.
But the GOP has a trick up their sleeve – Trump’s most successful defender Jim Jordan. Pelosi and Schiff purposely picked Schiff’s Intel Committee to do the impeachment as it is a smaller committee made up of fewer GOP members and none as adroit at defending Trump as Jim Jordan.
Jordan has an uncanny way to make the complex simple for TV soundbites and Trump will need that to combat Schiff. So the GOP may temporarily assign him to shut down Schiff.
Top Republicans in the House are weighing whether to temporarily assign Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the panel that will conduct the initial public hearings. Discussions about adding Jordan to the committee are “active and serious,” a senior Republican involved in the process told CBS News.
Jordan, currently the ranking member on the House Oversight Committee and an outspoken defender of President Trump, has essentially led Republican efforts in the closed-door impeachment proceedings thus far, where three committees have been able to participate. His top investigator, Steve Castor, has conducted the bulk of witness questioning.
If Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy were to temporarily assign Jordan to the Intelligence Committee, he would have to make room for him by removing a current member. The move would also undermine Devin Nunes, the committee’s top Republican. McCarthy has sole discretion over Intelligence Committee assignments.
“Democrats have turned the Intelligence Committee into an impeachment committee,” said the senior Republican aide, who was granted anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. “We are interested in putting together the best team.”