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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 McCarthyGOP braces for wild week with momentous vote GOP divided over expected Cheney ouster McCarthy says he supports Stefanik for House GOP conference chair MORE (R-Calif.) said on Sunday that GOP Reps. Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsPoll shows tight GOP primary for Georgia governor The Hill's Morning Report - Census winners and losers; House GOP huddles Former Rep. Doug Collins won't enter Georgia Senate race MORE (Ga.), John RatcliffeJohn Lee RatcliffeTrump alumni launch America First Policy Institute Sunday shows preview: Democrats eye two-part infrastructure push; Michigan coronavirus cases surge Former Trump officials eye bids for political office MORE (Texas) and Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanJordan says 'votes are there' to oust Cheney from GOP leadership Republicans float support for antitrust reform after Trump Facebook ban upheld Facebook board decision on Trump ban pleases no one MORE (Ohio) should represent President TrumpDonald TrumpSanders: Reinstating SALT deduction 'sends a terrible, terrible message' GOP braces for wild week with momentous vote One quick asylum fix: How Garland can help domestic violence survivors 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 BartiromoMcCarthy says he supports Stefanik for House GOP conference chair McConnell amid Trump criticism: 'I'm looking forward, not backward' Giuliani to Tucker Carlson: 'No justification' for FBI raid 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 CoatsExperts see 'unprecedented' increase in hackers targeting electric grid Intel heads to resume worldwide threats hearing scrapped under Trump Lack of cyber funds in Biden infrastructure plan raises eyebrows 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 PelosiSanders: Reinstating SALT deduction 'sends a terrible, terrible message' McCarthy says he supports Stefanik for House GOP conference chair Ode to Mother's Day 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.