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Newly-minted House Speaker Kevin McCarthy plans to make good on his vow to kick Democratic Reps. Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell, both of California, off the powerful House Intelligence Committee and Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota off the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
After House Democrats stripped GOP Reps. Paul Gosar of Arizona and Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia of their committee memberships in 2021, Republicans warned they would live to regret it.
McCarthy told Punchbowl News, “Swalwell can’t get a security clearance in the private sector. I’m not going to give him a government security clearance.” He added that “Schiff has lied too many times to the American public. He should not be on Intel.”
Although McCarthy stopped short of calling the move revenge, in a Monday interview with Punchbowl News, he said, “I made all [three] cases before. It’s not like it’s anything new … Remember, this is what Nancy Pelosi, this is the type of Congress she wanted to have.”
According to Punchbowl, McCarthy “can unilaterally block Schiff and Swalwell from serving” on the House Intelligence Committee, but a House vote would be required to remove Omar from the Foreign Affairs panel.
Typically, a minority leader submits the names of individuals they would prefer for a particular committee to the speaker for their approval. In this case, McCarthy will exercise his authority to block them.
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