Jordan says House GOP must prepare to defend Trump from Dems

Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanRand Paul cancels DirecTV subscription after it drops OAN Sunday shows preview: Democrats' struggle for voting rights bill comes to a head GOP's McCarthy has little incentive to work with Jan. 6 panel MORE (R-Ohio) on Wednesday said that House Republicans must prepare to defend President TrumpDonald TrumpSanders calls out Manchin, Sinema ahead of filibuster showdown Laura Ingraham 'not saying' if she'd support Trump in 2024 The Hill's 12:30 Report: Djokovic may not compete in French Open over vaccine requirement MORE from potential investigations launched by House Democrats, saying he doubts there will be much bipartisan effort.

"I don't think so," Jordan told Hill.TV's Buck Sexton on "Rising" when asked if there would be an effort from House Democrats to reach across the aisle. 

"I think they're going to investigate the heck out of the first family. I think there will be impeachment proceedings. Mr. Cummings has talked about that on the Oversight Committee. Mr. Nadler has talked about that. He'll be the next chair of the Judiciary Committee," he continued. 

"And Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden to make voting rights play in Atlanta Democrats eager to fill power vacuum after Pelosi exit Overnight Health Care — Insurance will soon cover COVID-19 tests MORE has said the same thing as the next chair of the Intelligence Committee, so I think it's important we stand up and defend the White House and the president, and push back on some of these things that we know are going to happen," he said. 

Jordan's comments come hours after Democrats clinched the majority in the House in the midterm elections.

In the same interview, the Ohio congressman announced he was challenging Rep. Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Democrats see victory in a voting rights defeat Former acting Defense secretary under Trump met with Jan. 6 committee: report GOP's McCarthy has little incentive to work with Jan. 6 panel MORE (R-Calif.) for House Minority Leader. 

"Now that we're in the minority, that's about all what we can do is debate, but fight hard in the debate for the principals, for the things that we know the American people sent us here to do in 2016. Show them that we deserve to be back in power in 2020," Jordan said. 

— Julia Manchester