WASHINGTON (KXII) - A Northeast Texas Congressman will be on of eight Republican House members working to "combat this hyper-partisan and baseless impeachment," the White House said.
U.S. Representative John Ratcliffe represents Texas' 4th Congressional District, which includes Grayson, Fannin, and Lamar counties.
“I took an oath to defend the Constitution," Ratcliffe said of the appointment. "This impeachment is an assault on due process. It’s an assault on the separation of powers. It’s unconstitutional. I’m grateful for the opportunity to make that clear to every American during the Senate trial.”
The Rockwall Republican will join Congressman Doug Collins, Congressman Mike Johnson, Congressman Jim Jordan, Congresswoman Debbie Lesko, Congressman Mark Meadows, Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, and Congressman Lee Zeldin as part of President Trump's team, the White House announced Monday.
A White House spokesperson said throughout this process, these Members of Congress have provided guidance to the White House team, which was prohibited from participating in the proceedings concocted by Democrats in the House of Representatives.
A representative from Ratcliffe's office says the Congressman has been working with the White House for the past several weeks to prepare the legal briefs and oral arguments for the Senate trial.
Last summer,Trump picked Ratcliffe to serve as director of national intelligence, but Ratcliffe announced he would remain in Congress within days after senators in both parties questioned whether he was ready for the assignment.