Republicans will take over control of the House in January, and current Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) stands poised to be the next House Speaker, and he has made it clear that House Democrats will get a taste of their own medicine once they have been relegated to minority status in the legislative body.
During an interview on Sunday, McCarthy reiterated his vow to remove Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) from the House Intelligence Committee once he is in charge, the Conservative Brief reported.
In addition to Schiff, who faces removal for his blatant and repeated lies to the American public, McCarthy has also said that Rep. Eric Swalwell (R-CA) will be removed from the Intel Committee over his prior relationship with an alleged Chinese spy while Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) will be removed from the House Foreign Affairs Committee due to her history of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic comments.
The promised removals are a tit-for-tat response to outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) removal of two Republicans from their committee assignments in 2021 as well as her refusal to seat McCarthy’s selected GOP members on the one-sided Jan. 6 Capitol riot investigatory select committee.
“Schiff will no longer be on the Intel Committee”
According to the Daily Wire, Leader McCarthy appeared on Fox News’s “Sunday Morning Futures” this weekend and was asked by host Maria Bartiromo about what sort of changes could be expected once Republicans had formally gained control of the House and, presumably, McCarthy had been elected as the next Speaker.
“Another change you’re going to get — Adam Schiff will no longer be on the Intel Committee when I become speaker,” McCarthy said in the interview. “I promised that more than two years ago.”
He went on to call out the provable lies that Schiff and others have told and perpetuated — including fellow Democrats, Big Tech companies and social media platforms, and former federal intelligence officials — and said all of them “also used the intel community as well to lie to the American public. Should those people keep their clearances? Should those people still be allowed to have information?”
“If they’re going to be political individuals, then, no, they should not,” McCarthy added. “And this is just the tip of the iceberg of what we need to investigate going forward.”
Schiff, Swalwell, and Omar to face committee removals
The New York Post had reported three weeks earlier that Leader McCarthy, during a prior appearance on that same Fox News program, had told Bartiromo of his intent to remove Schiff, Swalwell, and Omar from their respective committee assignments.
“One thing I said from the very beginning, Eric Swalwell cannot get a security clearance in the public sector,” McCarthy said at that time. “Why would we ever give him a security clearance in the secrets to America? So I will not allow him to be on Intel.”
With regard to Schiff, the top House Republican accused his fellow Democratic Californian of having “lied to the American public time and again,” and noted, “We will not allow him to be on the Intel Committee either.”
He added, “And you — look, Congresswoman Omar, her anti-Semitic comments that have gone forward. We’re not going to allow her to be on Foreign Affairs.”
Pledged removals are not new
Nobody should be surprised by these actions, as McCarthy was quite clear in Nov. 2021, according to NBC News, that House Democrats would face eventual retribution after Speaker Pelosi led her Democratic majority in voting to censure and remove House Freedom Caucus members Reps. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) from their committee assignments over social media posts that some Democrats had found offensive.
“What they have started cannot be easily undone. Their actions today, and the past, have forever changed the way the House operates,” McCarthy said in a House floor speech at that time. “And furthermore, it means under the Pelosi precedent, all the members that I have mentioned earlier will need the approval of a majority to keep those positions in the future.”