Trump gives Medal of Freedom to House ally Jim Jordan

President TrumpDonald TrumpMcCarthy says he told Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene he disagreed with her impeachment articles against Biden Biden, Trudeau agree to meet next month Trump planned to oust acting AG to overturn Georgia election results: report MORE on Monday awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, to Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanBiden's inauguration marked by conflict of hope and fear The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sights and sounds from Inauguration Day McCarthy won't back effort to oust Cheney MORE (R-Ohio), one of the president's staunchest loyalists in Congress, citing his defenses of Trump against impeachment and the Russia investigation.

The president awarded the medal to Jordan at a closed-door ceremony at the White House on the same day House Democrats officially moved forward with plans to impeach Trump for a second time. The decision comes amid outrage over Trump's role in last week's riot at the Capitol, where a mob of Trump supporters breached the building and multiple people died as a result of the ensuing mayhem.

Trump has not spoken in public since last Wednesday's riot.


Jordan was among the Republican lawmakers who still objected to the Electoral College certification affirming Joe BidenJoe BidenMcCarthy says he told Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene he disagreed with her impeachment articles against Biden Biden, Trudeau agree to meet next month Fauci infuriated by threats to family MORE as the next president, even after the riot.

The White House did not disclose when the ceremony would be taking place, but sent out a news release praising Jordan's record in Congress. It cited his work uncovering the "Fast and Furious" scandal during the Obama administration, as well as the news that the IRS was targeting conservative organizations.

The Presidential Medal of Freedom is typically awarded to figures who have made significant contributions to their field or defended interests of the United States. But Trump has given the honor to several political allies, particularly in his final weeks in office.

Trump last week awarded the medal to Rep. Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesGOP operative installed as NSA top lawyer placed on administrative leave: reports Pelosi raises alarm after Trump loyalist installed as top NSA lawyer NSA places former GOP political operative in top lawyer position after Pentagon chief's reported order MORE (R-Calif.), another opponent of the Russia investigation, and he previously gave it to controversial talk radio host Rush Limbaugh. The president is also expected to bestow the honor this week on New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.

The statement on Jordan from White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany went on to laud Jordan for fighting against the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election by "confronting senior Justice Department officials for obstructing Congress and exposing the fraudulent origins of the Russia collusion lie."

McEnany also cited Jordan's work defending Trump against his first impeachment, calling the representative "an inspiration to freedom-loving Americans everywhere and has distinguished himself as one of the most consequential members of Congress of his generation."