House Republicans move Jordan to Judiciary, Meadows to Oversight

Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanTwitter falling short on pledge to verify primary candidates Trump adviser presses House investigators to make Bezos testify Booker, Merkley propose federal facial recognition moratorium MORE (R-Ohio) will soon become the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, after the House Republican Steering Committee voted unanimously Thursday to have him replace Rep. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsLoeffler releases new ad targeting Sanders's 'socialism' The Hill's Campaign Report: Democrats reckon with Sanders's rise House Freedom Caucus chairman endorses Collins's Georgia Senate bid MORE (R-Ga.), multiple sources told The Hill.

Separately, Rep. Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsHouse Freedom Caucus chairman endorses Collins's Georgia Senate bid Lawmakers grill Census Bureau officials after report on cybersecurity issues Conservative lawmakers warn Pelosi about 'rate-setting' surprise billing fix MORE (R-N.C.) will take over Jordan's top GOP post on the House Oversight Committee.

The move essentially installs two of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Trump nods at reputation as germaphobe during coronavirus briefing: 'I try to bail out as much as possible' after sneezes MORE’s fiercest allies on top committees, giving the administration two strong supporters to combat Democrats’ next investigations into the White House.

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Jordan, one of the founders of the House Freedom Caucus, will be taking over for Collins, who holds the ranking member position. Collins is running in the Georgia Senate primary election against incumbent Sen. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerLoeffler releases new ad targeting Sanders's 'socialism' The Hill's Campaign Report: Democrats reckon with Sanders's rise House Freedom Caucus chairman endorses Collins's Georgia Senate bid MORE (R-Ga.).

Under House GOP conference rules, lawmakers in leadership positions or heads of committees have to step down from their roles after launching bids for higher office unless a waiver is approved.

Still, Collins is expected to receive a monthlong waiver to stay on as the ranking member of the panel, sources said. After that, Jordan is set to take over the high-profile role.

Meadows advocated for Jordan before the Steering Committee, which consists of top Republican lawmakers and is tasked with determining committee assignments.

Jordan’s appointment not only symbolizes how far his relationship with House Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyOvernight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Trump names Pence to lead coronavirus response McCarthy: White House coronavirus funding request 'a little low' MORE (R-Calif.) has come, but it further opens the opportunity for McCarthy to foster good will with the House Freedom Caucus.

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The White House has pushed for Jordan to move to Judiciary and for Meadows to take over Jordan’s role as the ranking member of the House Oversight and Reform Committee.

Jordan sought the top Judiciary post just ahead of the start of the 116th Congress, but an eleventh-hour deal was struck where he was selected as the ranking member on the Oversight panel, with Meadows agreeing to drop his bid for Oversight to allow Jordan to run unopposed.

Jordan was one of Trump’s leading defenders during the impeachment proceedings, when McCarthy temporarily added him to the House Intelligence Committee to serve as an attack dog for the president while the panel conducted its fact-finding phase of the impeachment hearings.

House Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseHouse passes historic legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime Republicans root for Sanders nomination in battle for House Scalise after Democrat asks for examples of Sanders supporters 'being bad': 'I can think of an example' MORE (R-La.) praised Jordan for keeping members informed during the closed-door depositions during the impeachment proceedings and the role he played in defending the president.
 
"I was very supportive of the decision to for Jim to ultimately take over the Judiciary Committee once Doug steps down next month, and I think Jim's going to do a great job," he told reporters shortly after the decision was announced.
 
"He's already done a great job on Oversight, and I think that Mark Meadows is going to be a very, very solid replacement for Jim over there."
 
Updated Feb. 6, 7:01 p.m.