McCarthy Denies Schiff and Swalwell Seats on the Intelligence Committee

( – House Speaker Kevin McCarthy has formally denied allowing Representatives Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell to have seats on the House Intelligence Committee, The New York Times reported. McCarthy explained that the effort to sever the two representatives from the committee stems from a need to return the Intelligence committee to genuine accountability.

McCarthy told reporters that Swalwell cannot get a security clearance, and that he would not have him “on any committee” given the briefing he received from the FBI, Fox News reported. McCarthy noted that Swalwell would not be able to get a security clearance in the private sector.

The House Speaker also motions to bar Ilhan Omar from the Foreign Affairs committee. This would require a vote from the whole House. The House Speaker can only lose four votes to pass this motion, Fox News explained.

Swalwell has been blacklisted from serving on the intelligence committee due to his reported ties with suspected Chinese national spy Christine Fang. Fang targeted Democratic politicians from California, developing “extensive ties” to politicians in the Bay Area in 2014, Axios reported in 2020.

McCarthy eliminated Adam Schiff from the intelligence committee because he “lied” about the first impeachment of former President Donald Trump, Fox News reported.

Congressman Mike Quigley told Fox News that Adam Schiff is probably the GOP’s “worst enemy.” He said that Schiff was “good” at standing up to Trump. Quigley believed that the House motioned to move Schiff from the intelligence committee because they “could not beat him.”

The decision was met with criticism from Democrats and media outlets. The Times called this act “official retribution” for how Republicans were treated when they were in the House minority. Democrats voted to remove Congressman Paul Gosar (Arizona, R.) and Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Green (Georgia, R.) from committees when they were in the majority.

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