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

Greg Nash

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said on Sunday that GOP Reps. Doug Collins (Ga.), John Ratcliffe (Texas) and Jim Jordan (Ohio) should represent President Trump in the upcoming Senate impeachment trial.

“These are individuals I would actually pull in at the White House,” McCarthy told Fox’s Maria Bartiromo 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.

{mosads}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 Coats as Director of National Intelligence in July following his questioning of special counsel Robert Mueller, but withdrew his nomination amid reports that he had embellished his prosecutorial record.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (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.

 

Tags Dan Coats Donald Trump Doug Collins Jim Jordan John Ratcliffe Kevin McCarthy Maria Bartiromo Nancy Pelosi Robert Mueller

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