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McCarthy recommends Collins, Ratcliffe, Jordan to represent Trump in Senate impeachment trial

McCarthy recommends Collins, Ratcliffe, Jordan to represent Trump in Senate impeachment trial
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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyHouse GOP leader says he has 'concerns' over Cheney's impeachment vote McCarthy says he told Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene he disagreed with her impeachment articles against Biden Cheney tests Trump grip on GOP post-presidency MORE (R-Calif.) said on Sunday that GOP Reps. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsDrudge congratulates Warnock, says Ann Coulter should have been GOP candidate Warnock defeats Loeffler in Georgia Senate runoff Warnock says he needs to win 'by comfortable margin' because 'funny things go on' MORE (Ga.), John RatcliffeJohn Lee RatcliffeSenate confirms Biden's intel chief, giving him first Cabinet official Biden intelligence chief pledges to keep politics out of job House panels open review of Capitol riot MORE (Texas) and 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 (Ohio) should represent President TrumpDonald TrumpNYT: Rep. Perry played role in alleged Trump plan to oust acting AG Arizona GOP censures top state Republicans McCain, Flake and Ducey Biden and UK prime minister discuss NATO, multilateralism during call MORE in the upcoming Senate impeachment trial.

“These are individuals I would actually pull in at the White House,” McCarthy told Fox’s Maria BartiromoMaria Sara BartiromoParler goes dark after move by Amazon Perdue says he would support objecting to Electoral College vote Abrams says concession comparisons to Trump are 'apples to bowling balls' MORE on “Sunday Morning Futures,” adding “you want people that have been through this, understand it, been in the hearings even when they were in the basement,” referencing the Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility where the initial closed-door House impeachment hearings took place.

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All three members named by McCarthy were vocal defenders of Trump during the House’s impeachment hearings, including Collins, who is ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee, and Jordan, who serves on the Judiciary panel and was also temporarily transferred to the House Intelligence Committee for its portion of the impeachment hearings.

Ratcliffe, a former federal prosecutor, was nominated to replace Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsFormer Trump intel chief Coats introduces Biden nominee Haines at hearing Senate Intelligence Committee leaders warn of Chinese threats to national security New federal cybersecurity lead says 'rumor control' site will remain up through January MORE as Director of National Intelligence in July following his questioning of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE, but withdrew his nomination amid reports that he had embellished his prosecutorial record.

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSunday shows preview: All eyes on Biden administration to tackle coronavirus Calls grow for 9/11-style panel to probe Capitol attack Do Democrats really want unity? MORE (D-Calif.) has delayed transferring two House-passed articles of impeachment over Trump's dealings with Ukraine to the Senate and has not named Democratic impeachment managers for the president's trial in the upper chamber.