Under former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Democrats voted in lockstep to remove certain Republican members they don’t like from their committee assignments in a move that House Republicans vowed at that time would eventually be flipped back on their Democratic colleagues once partisan control had changed.
Now, as Republicans assume control of the House for the next two years, it is looking increasingly likely that Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) will soon be removed from his top position on the House Intelligence Committee, and some Republicans are eager to get that process started, the Conservative Brief reported.
That primarily includes Rep. Majorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), one of the Republicans removed by Pelosi, who recently informed Schiff that she was “looking forward” to his being ousted from the Intel Committee over his documented history of blatantly lying to the American public as well as his apparent support for the violent and destructive Black Lives Matter protests and riots in 2020.
Precedent set; GOP will respond similarly
NBC News reported in November 2021 that House Democrats led by then-Speaker Pelosi voted to remove Reps. Greene and Paul Gosar (R-AZ) — who was also formally censured — from their committee assignments, ostensibly over their alleged actions to incite violence against their Democratic colleagues.
At that time, then-House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and others within the House GOP warned the Democrats that doing so could result in “retribution” and turnabout in the future, as certain Democratic members could receive similar treatment.
In a House floor speech, McCarthy said, “What they have started cannot be easily undone. Their actions today, and the past, have forever changed the way the House operates. 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.” He added, “This body has suffered greatly. And the new standard will continue to be applied in the future.”
That stance was reiterated as recently as December by McCarthy, who is positioned to be named as the next House Speaker, according to The Hill, during a Sunday morning appearance on a Fox News program.
“Another change you’re going to get: Adam Schiff will no longer be on the Intel Committee when I become Speaker. I promised that more than two years ago,” McCarthy told Fox News host Maria Bartiromo. “[Democrats] 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. And this is just the tip of the iceberg of what we need to investigate going forward.”
Greene “looking forward” to Schiff’s removal
Rep. Schiff, of course, in his typical self-righteous arrogance, recently asserted that there was no legitimate reason for him to be removed from the Intel Committee and that it was a “false equivalence” to link his imminent removal with that of GOP Reps. Greene and Gosar.
The Democratic congressman went on to suggest that only unless and until he was inciting an insurrection or inspiring violence against fellow members of Congress, only then would there be a basis for removing him from his committee assignments.
In response to those remarks from Schiff, however, Greene took to Twitter and said, “You deserve to be kicked off committees for lying to the American people and supporting BLM violent riots all over America @RepAdamSchiff along w/ many of your colleagues.”
“I’m looking forward to watching @GOPLeader remove you from committees,” she added.
You deserve to be kicked off committees for lying to the American people and supporting BLM violent riots all over America @RepAdamSchiff along w/ many of your colleagues.
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) December 26, 2022
All of that said, House Republicans will need to first select McCarthy as the next Speaker — which actually isn’t guaranteed — but once the leadership question has been settled, it seems highly likely that Schiff’s days on the Intel Committee are numbered and drawing short.