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 Owen McCarthyThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clashes, concessions Cheney's decision not to run for Senate sparks Speaker chatter Mark Mellman: A failure of GOP leadership MORE (R-Calif.) said on Sunday that GOP Reps. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsSunday shows preview: Lawmakers prepare for week two of impeachment trial The Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clash over rules This week: Raucous rules fight, opening arguments in impeachment trial MORE (Ga.), John RatcliffeJohn Lee RatcliffeJordan says he thinks trial will be over by next week The Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clash over rules White House appoints GOP House members to advise Trump's impeachment team MORE (Texas) and Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanJordan says he thinks trial will be over by next week Cheney's decision not to run for Senate sparks Speaker chatter The Hill's Morning Report - Trump trial begins with clash over rules MORE (Ohio) should represent President TrumpDonald John TrumpKaine: Obama called Trump a 'fascist' during 2016 campaign Kaine: GOP senators should 'at least' treat Trump trial with seriousness of traffic court Louise Linton, wife of Mnuchin, deletes Instagram post in support of Greta Thunberg 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 BartiromoTrump defenders argue president can't be removed for abuse of power Trump lawyer: Abuse of power, obstruction articles 'have not fared well' Cruz: Hearing from witnesses could extend Senate trial to up to 8 weeks 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 CoatsSchiff schedules public hearing with US intel chief  Rod Rosenstein joins law and lobbying firm DHS issues bulletin warning of potential Iranian cyberattack MORE as Director of National Intelligence in July following his questioning of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSchiff: Trump acquittal in Senate trial would not signal a 'failure' Jeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay MORE, but withdrew his nomination amid reports that he had embellished his prosecutorial record.

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiClinton says Zuckerberg has 'authoritarian' views on misinformation Trump defense team signals focus on Schiff Trump legal team offers brisk opening defense of president 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.