House freedom caucus leader Jim Jordan withdraws his candidacy to become the highest Republican of the House Judiciary Committee, where any potential impeachment proceedings should begin under democratic control next year.
The Republican of Ohio is one of the most ferocious advocates of President Donald Trump on Capitol Hill. He claimed he would be the best Republican to protect the president from damaging democratic investigations.
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But GOP leaders have made it clear to Jordan that it will not gain enough support from its colleagues, many of whom despise Jordan's flawless tactics against the leaders of his own party.
The question now is whether Jordan seeks to become the highest legislator on the House of Representatives' oversight committee, where he occupies the next seniority position.
Even as Republicans met on Thursday morning to vote for high-ranking posts, the Jordanian office did not want to confirm whether he had left for the surveillance post.
Perhaps because Jordan's best friend in Congress, Freedom Caucus Chair Mark Meadows also wants the position of supervisor and has asked to be a candidate. Jordan would throw his hat in the ring at the last minute and would probably defeat Meadows, who is younger than Jordan in terms of surveillance.
This is a potentially delicate dynamic between the two men, who usually work hand in hand to thwart GOP leadership.