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Jim Jordan Has Gone From Oversight Crusader To Trump’s Public Defender

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House Republicans have selected Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) to be the ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee (OGR), a role that will make Jordan the effective public defender of President Donald Trump as the new Democratic congressional majority prepares to unleash a “subpoena cannon” on the Trump administration.

For Jordan, it’s quite the role reversal from the overzealous watchdog role he relished playing when Barack Obama was president of the United States.

Since Trump became president, Jordan’s thirst for oversight has all but evaporated as he has prioritized protecting Trump and undermining the Mueller probe at the expense of the committee’s oversight responsibilities. After the recent midterm election, Jordan declared that it was the GOP’s job to “fight every single minute of every single day” against Democrat-led investigations.

I first met Jordan in 2009, when I was serving as the deputy communications........

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