Republicans hope to transfer Jordan to the Intelligence Committee. And, in an ideal world, they’d throw Meadows and Zeldin in there, more. Fox is told the maneuver will probably take place by this weekend. But, Republicans must first navigate their own internal political irrigates. Orientation Jordan on the Intelligence Committee symbolizes GOPers must yank one of their own off that committee. Sliding over Meadows and Zeldin entails the Herculean feat of depriving a grand total of three current Republicans from that committee.
“Politically, there’s no way for us to draw this off, ” said one Republican source, adding that Jordan would likely be the only figure heading to Intelligence.
So, who stepped down from the panel?
The self-evident choices are retiring Republicans Reps. Will Hurd, R-Texas, and Michael Conaway, R-Texas. One versed informant tells Fox there’s previously an agreement to move one Republican off the committee. But, there could be some internecine GOP infighting.
“Why would they want to come off the committee? ” expected one Republican when discussing Hurd and Conaway. “This is their last-place swan song. It’s the most important hearing of their careers.”
If Hurd or Conaway aren’t sidelined, Fox News is told GOPers could try to divert Rep. Mike Turner, R-Ohio, or others.
We have likened this “matchup” scenario to baseball, football and basketball. But hockey may help us understand another component.
In hockey, the dwelling team has what’s known as “last change.” After each strike in play, the visitors must introduce their skaters on the sparkler first. The dwelling squad has an advantage because it gets to judge who the visitors decided to go with and conceivably dispatch an advantageous matchup.
In numerous respects, Pelosi has “last change” in these circumstances.
The Intelligence Committee isn’t a plot smorgasbord House panel. In information, its formal designation is “The House Permanent Select Committee On Intelligence.” As a “select” committee, the Speaker gets to approve the membership of the Intelligence panel.
Republicans are itching for a fight if Pelosi were to veto the installation of Jordan on the Intelligence Committee. Such a decision would mesh with the Republican narrative that Democrat are heavy-handed with impeachment and mistreating the process. That said, with public hearings coming, it’s hard to see how Republican could get traction once the forums start and beings meet GOPers asking questions of witnesses.
It is unclear if Pelosi would block such a transition of Jordan to the Intelligence Committee. A major House Democratic source indicated that this was “hypothetical” until Republican leaders informed the Speaker of their meanings. On one entrust, Pelosi may not care who the Republicans place on the Intelligence Committee. Another school of thought is that Pelosi knows Republicans hope she misplays her hand. So, the Speaker might not forbid the move.
But, Pelosi served for years on the Intelligence Committee as the rank Democrat. One generator said Pelosi could potentially block the move because she has a special appreciation for the Intelligence Committee. The generator told Fox News that Pelosi could meet the arguing that you simply don’t parachute people into the Intelligence Committee for political advantage.
Then again, Republican may allege Pelosi of politicizing the process, building the Intelligence Committee in charge of impeachment.
So, unclear what the speaker may do on this front.
As they say in athletics, this is the game within the game. The chess parallel. And everyone’s jockeying for orientation for one of the rarest affairs in politics: the probable impeachment of an American president.