House Republicans move Jordan to Judiciary, Meadows to Oversight

Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanHouse passes resolution condemning anti-Asian discrimination relating to coronavirus Republicans call for Judiciary hearing into unrest in cities run by Democrats Trump, GOP seek to rebut Democratic narrative on night one 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 CollinsWin by QAnon believer creates new headaches for House GOP Andrew Clyde wins Georgia GOP runoff to replace Doug Collins New poll shows tight presidential race in Georgia MORE (R-Ga.), multiple sources told The Hill.

Separately, Rep. Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsTrump won't attend UN General Assembly in person, Meadows says McConnell focuses on confirming judicial nominees with COVID-19 talks stalled Overnight Health Care: Ex-Pence aide backs Biden over virus response | Trump's sharp words put CDC director on hot seat | Trump coronavirus adviser threatens to sue Stanford researchers 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 TrumpHR McMaster says president's policy to withdraw troops from Afghanistan is 'unwise' Cast of 'Parks and Rec' reunite for virtual town hall to address Wisconsin voters Biden says Trump should step down over coronavirus response 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 LoefflerDHS opens probe into allegations at Georgia ICE facility Loeffler calls for hearing in wake of Netflix's 'Cuties' Georgia Senate campaign could bring Black political redemption 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 McCarthyTrump's sharp words put CDC director on hot seat House GOP leader says he trusts Trump over CDC director on vaccine timing The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by The Air Line Pilots Association - Trump contradicts CDC director on vaccine, masks 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 GOP slated to unveil agenda ahead of election House panel details 'serious' concerns around Florida, Georgia, Texas, Wisconsin elections Scalise hit with ethics complaint over doctored Barkan video 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.