Republican Fight for House Leadership Kicks Off

Jim Jordan, a leader of the right-wing House Freedom Caucus, has announced he will challenge Kevin McCarthy for House GOP leader

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) attends a rally in support of his bid to become the next Speaker of the House at the Capitol in Washington, U.S., September 26, 2018
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Republican Jim Jordan officially announced Wednesday that he will challenge California Republican, and current leader, Kevin McCarthy for House minority leader.

Jordan is the leader of the right-wing House Freedom Caucus, while McCarthy is a close ally of the president. 

Conservatives see Jordan’s bid as leverage in their fight against Rosenstein to produce more classified documents related to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Their resolution to impeach Rosenstein is hanging over the House and could be called up for a vote after they return in September.

U.S. President Donald Trump says Democrat Nancy Pelosi “deserves” to be the next House speaker.

Democrats won back control of the chamber in Tuesday’s election and Pelosi would be in line to be elected speaker. The California Democrat was the nation’s first female speaker from 2007-2011. But a number of House Democratic candidates have said they won’t support her for the top role.

Trump said Wednesday that “if they give her a hard time, perhaps we will add some Republican votes. She has earned this great honor!”

House Democrats meet later this month to elect party leaders and Pelosi is expected to win most of those votes. But being elected speaker in January requires a majority of House votes.

Pelosi has been up front about not wanting to pursue impeaching Trump.