Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) announced Wednesday he will be launching a 2020 Senate challenge against Senator Kelly Loeffler.
Collins tweeted “”For months, I have given serious deliberation to the role I should serve that would best benefit GA, the country and @realDonaldTrump. Today, I have officially launched my campaign for Senate to do just that.”
Now, a new report suggests that Collins potential departure from the Senate could result in a new elevated role for Trump ally Rep Jim Jordan and also retiring Rep. Mark Meadows.
Per TheHill, under one possible scenario, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), a Trump ally who serves as the top Republican on the Oversight and Reform Committee, could move over to take the top GOP spot on Judiciary, some GOP lawmakers told The Hill.
That would open up the top GOP job on Oversight, which some lawmakers said could temporarily be filled by another Trump loyalist, retiring Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.). Jordan was the founding chairman of the Freedom Caucus, while Meadows succeeded him as the leader of that conservative group.
The Jordan-Meadows scenario is “being talked about” but “no decisions have been made,” according to one senior GOP aide familiar with the early talks.
But a key GOP lawmaker said Jordan is in a strong position for the Judiciary job. “If Jordan wants it, he will get it,” said one member of the GOP Steering Committee, the leadership-aligned panel that votes on who gets ranking member and committee slots.
Per FoxNews, Jim Jordan told Fox News Wednesday that the FBI’s use of the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA Court) showed that President Trump was the focus of politically motivated investigations since before the 2016 election.
“The FBI went to a FISA court. Lied to the FISA court 17 times so they can go spy on the Trump campaign and we know they did all that because Michael Horowitz released a report last month, over 400 pages, that spelled all that out,” Jordan told Fox News’ special coverage of the impeachment trial after noting that the impeachment push began before Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky.
Jordan also dismissed the Democrats’ claim that Republicans’ focus on 2020 Democratic candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter’s dealings in Ukraine is “politically motivated.”
“Politics and going after someone? Give me a break,” Jordan said. “They’ve been going after this president before he was even elected and it has been non-stop.”