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Speaker McCarthy to Remove Swalwell, Schiff, Omar From House Committees

Michael W. Chapman | January 10, 2023 | 10:48am EST
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House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.)  (Getty Images)
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) (Getty Images)

In a recent interview, House Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), now the new Speaker of the House, said he would not allow Democrat Reps. Adam Schiff (Calif.) and Eric Swalwell (Calif.) to serve on the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. He also said Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) would not be allowed to serve on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. 

In an exclusive interview with Breitbart News published on Jan. 10, McCarthy said, “The Democrats have created a new thing where they’re picking and choosing who can be on committees. Never in the history [of Congress] have you had the majority tell the minority who can be on committee."

House Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), former chairman of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. (Getty Images)
House Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), former chairman of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. (Getty Images)

The Democrats in 2021 removed certain Republican representatives from serving on committees, such as Marjorie Taylor-Greene (Ga.) and Paul Gosar (Ariz.). 

"But this new standard which these Democrats have voted for -- if Eric Swalwell cannot get a security clearance in the private sector, there is no reason why he should be given one to be on Intel or Homeland Security," said McCarthy. "He will not be serving there.”

Swalwell had a long-running affair with a woman named Fang Fang, allegedly a spy for Communist China. 

House Rep. Eric Swalwell (R-Calif.), a former member of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.  (Getty Images)
House Rep. Eric Swalwell (R-Calif.), a former member of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. (Getty Images)

Also, “Ilhan Omar should not be serving on Foreign Affairs,” said McCarthy. “This is a new level of what the Democrats have done.”

As for Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), former chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, "He should not be serving on Intel when he has openly, knowingly now used a fake dossier, lied to the American public in the process and doesn’t have any ill will [and] says he wants to continue to do it," added the new Speaker.

"[T]hink about what happened in Afghanistan," he told Breitbart News.  "Why did Afghanistan collapse so fast? Was the Intel Committee under Adam Schiff focused on impeachment and not on the safety of America? Why are people coming across the border that are on a terrorist watch list? What are they doing about it? Their own members on that committee say it’s not happening when it’s true."

"We need to have an Intel Committee that looks at what’s happening around the world and keeps America safe," he added.

As for Republican members of the Freedom Caucus or other groups in the House, McCarthy said this would have no bearing on gets a slot on a committee. 

House Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), a Democratic Socialist and a former member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
House Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), a Democratic Socialist and a former member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

“You’ve got Freedom Caucus people who are ranking members of committees," he said. "You’ve got them on every single committee there is, and you’ve got moderates on every single committee. No one is going to be held back. You get elected to this conference from your constituents. When you get into the conference, you get elected to your committees by your conference."

"Nobody should be withheld from anything," he told Breitbart News.  "Now, that doesn’t mean you are guaranteed a committee. What’s tough is there’s only so many slots … but you will not be withheld from [a slot] because of the case of what organization internally you belong to.”

h/t Breitbart News

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