"Jim Jordan has been on the front lines in the fight for fairness and truth".
"In Speaker Pelosi's House, those responsibilities have fallen victim to partisan witch hunts", McCarthy added. Under procedures the House approved October 31, the Intelligence Committee will be the sole panel participating in the public hearings.
When both sides have exhausted questioning under that format, then other members of the Intelligence Committee will have five minutes each to ask questions, just like in normal hearings. Along with millions of Americans across the country who are frustrated with this impeachment-obsessed majority, Rick has offered to step aside for this charade. "When it is finished, Rick will rejoin the committee", McCarthy said.
Jordan said Thursday he doesn't know the identity of the whistleblower but that Schiff should call the person to testify.
Jordan, a ranking member on the House Oversight and Reform Committee, said Republicans have been asked to submit a list of their witnesses.
The appointment comes as some Republicans have privately questioned whether Rep. Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the Intelligence Committee, was prepared to mount a solid defense for Trump on the committee, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Republicans are temporarily moving aside a current member of the panel to make space for the OH lawmaker on the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, in an unusual move that heralded the seriousness of the situation for Trump and his party.
That means Jordan will only get to actively participate for five minutes - a much more minor role to the one he played in the closed-door depositions.
The probe was sparked by a whistleblower's report that Trump had asked Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky for a "favor" - investigations into the Bidens and the 2016 election - at a time he was withholding almost $400 million in military aid from Ukraine, locked in a battle with Russian-backed separatists. Trump has denied wrongdoing.
The public phase of impeachment kicks off with the first open hearing on Wednesday.