WASHINGTON — As the U.S. Senate prepares to launch its historic impeachment trial of President Donald J. Trump, the White House this week appointed eight Republican House members to the president’s impeachment defense team, including Ohio’s own Jim Jordan.
Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham announced Representatives Doug Collins, Mike Johnson, Jim Jordan, Debbie Lesko, Mark Meadows, John Ratcliffe, Elise Stefanik, and Lee Zeldin, all staunch Trump allies, will serve on the team working to oppose the “hyper-partisan and baseless impeachment” of Trump.
Grisham added that throughout the process, these eight representatives have “provided guidance to the White House team.”
The outcome of the trial is all but determined, as the two-thirds vote required to remove the President would need 20 Republican senators to break ranks.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said last week that President Trump has been “impeached for life” regardless of how Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) handles the Senate trial.