On Tuesday, the newly appointed Speaker of the House, Kevin McCarthy, acted upon his promises during his Speaker campaign and denied Democrat Reps, Eric Swalwell and Adam Schiff from being on the House Intelligence Committee.
McCarthy and Democrat Hakeem Jefferies have been in a debate about this decision’s legitimacy. The Speaker wrote to Jefferies, “I have rejected the appointments of Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell for the House Intelligence Committee.
I am committed to returning the @HouseIntel Committee to one of genuine honesty and credibility that regains the trust of the American people.”
This message was connected to a letter rejecting the Minority Leaders’ plea to keep the California Reps on the House Intelligence Committee. Jefferies letter went as such:
“This action was taken by both Democrats and Republicans given the seriousness of the conduct involved, particularly in the aftermath of the violent insurrection and attack on the Capitol,” Jeffries said.
“It does not serve as precedent or justification for the removal of Representatives Schiff and Swalwell, given that they have never exhibited violent thoughts or behavior.”
McCarthy and Swalwell have history after a 2021 battle from the now Speaker was sparked attempting to remove Swalwell from this committee from suspicion the Rep was connected with the Chinese.
This event was expected by many but the former Democrat powerhouses acted surprised. Schiff told reporters that “if McCarthy thinks this is going to stop me from vigorously pushing back against his efforts to tear down these institutions, he’s going to find out just how wrong he is.”
“I think this is a terrible move on his part and once again, showing McCarthy just catering to the most extreme elements of this conference,” he added.
This seems to be payback from Republicans after Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene was removed from her committee assignments by a politically motivated mob that included both Schiff and Swalwell.
As for what Schiff will likely do now, an aide of his reported “He is entitled to return to a prior committee assignment. He previously served on Judiciary. [Steering] voted by unanimous consent to seat him tonight on Judiciary,” the aide told Axios.
This is a good sign for Republicans as the new Speaker has acted upon his top 2 campaign promises, including removing the funding of over 87,000 IRS agents.
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