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GOP Rep. Jim Jordan is getting a spot on the Intelligence Committee ahead of public impeachment hearings

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) is going wherever impeachment goes.

Next week, the House Intelligence Committee will start public impeachment hearings — something Jordan, as House Oversight Committee ranking member, wasn't supposed to be a part of. But apparently House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) found that to be a problem, so he gave Jordan a spot on Intelligence, he announced Friday.

In McCarthy's eyes, the Intelligence Committee under Rep. Adam Schiff's (D-Calif.) leadership has "become the impeachment committee." So Rep. Rick Crawford (R-Ark.) is temporarily resigning from the committee and McCarthy is giving his spot to Jordan. Crawford wrote in a tweet that Jordan will "add critical bandwidth and legal expertise" to the committee, because apparently Schiff's law degree from Harvard University and time as an assistant U.S. attorney wasn't enough. After impeachment wraps up, Crawford says he'll be back on the committee.

McCarthy's announcement comes just hours after yet another person involved with Ohio State University's wrestling program came to Jordan, then a wrestling coach, with allegations of sexual misconduct against university doctor Richard Strauss. Jordan allegedly ignored a referee who told him Strauss had masturbated in front of him, but Jordan denies ever hearing the claim.