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House Republicans move Jordan to Judiciary, Meadows to Oversight

Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanCheney, top GOP lawmakers ask Trump campaign for proof of election fraud New RSC chairman sees 'Trumpism' as future Sunday shows preview: Biden team gears up for transition, Trump legal battles continue and pandemic rages on 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 CollinsGroups seek to get Black vote out for Democrats in Georgia runoffs Majority say they want GOP in control of Senate: poll The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC - Trump, Biden clash over transition holdup, pandemic plans MORE (R-Ga.), multiple sources told The Hill.

Separately, Rep. Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump holds his last turkey pardon ceremony Overnight Defense: Pentagon set for tighter virus restrictions as top officials tests positive | Military sees 11th COVID-19 death | House Democrats back Senate language on Confederate base names Trump administration revives talk of action on birthright citizenship 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 TrumpPennsylvania Supreme Court strikes down GOP bid to stop election certification Biden looks to career officials to restore trust, morale in government agencies Sunday shows preview: US health officials brace for post-holiday COVID-19 surge 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 LoefflerMcConnell halts in-person Republican lunches amid COVID-19 surge Sunday shows preview: US health officials brace for post-holiday COVID-19 surge Club for Growth to launch ad blitz in Georgia to juice GOP turnout 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 McCarthyTop Republicans praise Trump's Flynn pardon Richmond says GOP 'reluctant to stand up and tell the emperor he wears no clothes' Sunday shows preview: Biden transition, COVID-19 spike in spotlight 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 ScaliseTop Republicans praise Trump's Flynn pardon Richmond says GOP 'reluctant to stand up and tell the emperor he wears no clothes' New RSC chairman sees 'Trumpism' as future 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.