Rep. Jim Jordan To Serve As Republican Questioner During Public Impeachment Hearings Despite Sexual Misconduct Allegations
Last Thursday, an Ohio State University wrestling referee stated in a lawsuit that the team doctor, Richard Strauss, masturbated in front of him after a match. He reported the incident to the then-assistant coach, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), who ignored it and several other claims that Strauss had been molesting students.
On Friday morning, House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy (R-California) tapped Jordan to temporarily serve on the Intelligence Committee in place of Rep. Rick Crawford (R-Arkansas).
This means that the man who allegedly ignored countless sexual misconduct allegations will be one of the Republicans questioners for the impeachment hearings starting on Wednesday.
The Intelligence Committee is a selection-based panel, not a standing committee, which means that the party leader can change membership. McCarthy had the power to make the change unilaterally.
Jordan, a Trump ally, is known for his confrontational style.
I am appointing @Jim_Jordan to the Intelligence Committee—which has now become the Impeachment Committee—where he will continue fighting for fairness and truth. @RepRickCrawford has been an exemplary member of the committee and will rejoin it when this Democrat charade is over.
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) November 8, 2019