House Speaker Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday rejected California Representatives Adam B. Schiff and Eric Swalwell from continuing to serve on the House Intelligence Committee.
The rejection follows McCarthy’s pledge to remove Schiff (D-Burbank) and Swalwell (D-Dublin) from the panel in retaliation for a move by Democrats – and some Republicans – in the last Congress to target GOP Fire Department Rep. Marjorie Taylor evade Greene (R-Ga.) and Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) on their committee duties.
McCarthy has also vowed to remove Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) from the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
Under the House Rules, the Speaker has the unilateral authority to keep Schiff and Swalwell away from the high-profile select intelligence panel. Omar’s removal from a standing committee will require a full vote.
House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (DN.Y.) urged McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) over the weekend to “acknowledge the past practice of the House of Representatives and our shared interest in working together for the benefit of the American people” by saying his Recommendations accepted that Schiff serve as the senior member of the panel and that Swalwell retain his membership.
Jeffries said that the removal of Greene and Gosar from their committees was not “precedent or justification” for the removal of Schiff and Swalwell.
Greene was removed in February 2021 after a backlash over comments she made before taking office expressing support for baseless conspiracy theories and apparently advocating violence against Democratic lawmakers. She later distanced herself from the comments
Gosar faced a similar sentence in November 2021 after he posted and later deleted a cartoon video in which his face was superimposed on a character depicting someone with the face of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (DN.Y.) kills and brandishes swords at President Biden.
McCarthy said the removal of Schiff, the senior executive during President Trump’s first impeachment, was justified because Schiff “lied” to the public about certain details related to a whistleblower report that sparked the investigation, and E – rejected emails found on a laptop allegedly belonging to Hunter Biden as a Russian ruse.
McCarthy has argued that Swalwell was unable to obtain security clearance in the private sector after reports he was targeted by a suspected Chinese spy, with whom he later severed ties.
In separate letters to the Steering and Policy Committee earlier this month, Schiff and Swalwell claimed that McCarthy had no basis for removing Democrats from committees and said he should not do so on the basis of “slander and untruths” or “fabricated ones.” do stories or political revenge.”
But there’s little Democrats can do to reverse his decision.
On Monday, McCarthy said he would add Rep. Mike Garcia (R-Santa Clarita) to the Intelligence Committee.
The two party leaders agreed on committee ratios for the new congress over the weekend, and the Republican executive committee last week selected Greene and Gosar to serve on the oversight and accountability committee. Greene will also have a seat on the Homeland Security Committee, while Gosar will sit on the Natural Resources Committee.
https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2023-01-24/mccarthy-rejects-schiff-swalwell-from-serving-on-intelligence-committee McCarthy bans Schiff, Swalwell from Intelligence Committee