The next step in the impeachment inquiry is repeat visits from previous interviewees…most of whose depositions have now been made public…in open hearings.

So expect to see the GOP supporters of the president taking up as much time as they can to demean and discredit those people testifying. Expect shouting and table banging and pages and pages of the depositions being waved around in the air. Good theater or asinine circus? Remains to be seen.

So how can the GOP ramp up the excitement? Well let’s back up the clown car and swap out one of the GOP reps on the committee! Yeah…that’ll work.

As the impeachment inquiry enters its public phase, 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.

Rules governing permanent select committees allow leaders of either party to change their rosters, but the number of members from each side must remain the same. It is unclear who McCarthy would remove from the committee to make room for Jordan. Two Republicans — Will Hurd and Mike Conaway, both from Texas — are retiring at the end of their current terms. The newest Republican on the Intelligence Committee is John Ratcliffe, also from Texas.

So enjoy your weekends…get your depositions read…be ready for the circus! And Rep. Jim Jordan is the penultimate clown!

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