Kevin McCarthy Looks for Revenge, May Remove Ilhan Omar and Others From House Committees

Kevin McCarthy Looks for Revenge, May Remove Ilhan Omar and Others From House Committees

( – House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is just getting settled into his new job, but he’s already making some big moves. He’s backing a divisive rules package that could make it harder to release funding to some areas, and many of his Republican colleagues have expressed concerns. McCarthy is also taking aim at some of the Republican Party’s long-standing enemies.

Kevin McCarthy v. Ilhan Omar

The new speaker has threatened a number of senior House Democrats could lose their committee positions in the chamber under his watch. One notable name he mentioned was Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), who previously served on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Omar has a long history of antagonizing Conservatives. She’s also landed herself in hot water more generally over a number of issues, including anti-Semitism; she has been accused of suggesting American politicians support Israel because of financial donations from pro-Israel groups. She also made divisive statements about the 9/11 attacks in 2019, saying, “some people did something.”

Other Democrats Who Could Lose Committee Positions

Another individual who could be up for the chop is Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA). The California lawmaker was at the center of a scandal when it emerged a suspected Chinese spy, Christine Fang, had targeted him and other politicians for potential recruitment. Swalwell stated he did not realize Fang was a spy, and did not compromise any sensitive information. The representative also worked with the FBI in its probe to get to the bottom of the matter. He served on the House Intelligence Committee following the emergence of the scandal. McCarthy said he has no plans to give him security clearance because of it.

Also potentially at risk is Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA). He has been highly unpopular among GOP ranks since he served as a leading figure in the impeachment inquiry into then-President Donald Trump in 2019. During the probe, he admitted to inaccurately quoting explosive things Trump was supposed to have said, drawing widespread criticism. Trump himself went so far as to suggest arresting Schiff on suspicion of treason.

Critics have speculated that the move to axe these lawmakers would be nothing more than retribution for the Democratic decision to remove Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Paul Gosar (R-AZ) from committees in 2021. The Republicans lost those positions because of various inflammatory statements they made.

Since Democrats have yet to appoint anyone to the House committees for the next Congress, the discussion remains academic at this point.

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