House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Tuesday he will block Representatives Adam B. Schiff and Eric Swalwell from office. on House Intelligence Committee, days after House Minority Leader Hakim Jeffreys (DN.Y.) formally recommended California Democrats be reappointed to panel.
McCarthy argued that both Schiff and Swalwell were unfit for service. on the committee, using Schiff work conducting first impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump and Swalwell’s alleged ties to a Chinese intelligence official. There was no evidence of misdemeanor in relation to the accusation against Swalwell.
“It’s not something political. It’s not like what the Democrats did,” McCarthy told reporters Tuesday night. “These members will have other committees, but the Intel committee, the responsibility of the Intel committee is national security. … I respect Hakim Jeffreys support of his conference and people. But integrity matters.”
Unlike most committees, where party leaders control their appointees, speaker final to tell over who is sitting on Intelligence panel.
McCarthy declined to answer a few questions on whether he will try to keep Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota) from serving on foreign affairs committee move this will require a majority vote in in full House.
Schiff told reporters that McCarthy was “carrying dirty water”. for Trump leaving him out of committee in retribution for his work during first impeachment process.
Republicans sought to reject the position of the Democrats on key panels after the Democratic-led House of Representatives in in last Congress voted to remove Representatives Marjorie Taylor Green (D-GA) and Paul A. Gosar (D-Arizona) from their committees. Green previously approved of violence against prominent Democrats, and Gosar posted en animated video on social media who portrayed killing of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (DN.Y.). in votes remove them from their committees, some Republicans joined democrats in voting yes.
Green and Gosar were removed “after the bipartisan vote of house found they are unfit for service on standing committees for directly incitement to violence against them colleagues”Jeffreys wrote. in his letter. “This does not serve as a precedent or justification for removal of Representatives Schiff and Swalwell, given that they have never displayed aggressive thoughts or behavior”.
mccarthy, in his official response Jeffreys on On Tuesday, he said he could not “push party loyalty forward.” of national security” and accused the Democrats of misuse panel in time past two congresses terms. McCarthy claimed to be under Democratic control panel “undermined his main national security and control missions ultimately leaving our nation less secure.”
In a joint statement issued Tuesday following McCarthy’s statement announcement, Schiff, Omar and Swalwell said they find it “disappointing but not surprising” that McCarthy is trying to keep them from serving on the committee. They accused him of “undermining the integrity of Congress and harming our national security in process.”
“He made a corrupt deal in his despair and almost failed to try win speakership, a deal that required political vengeance against three of us”, he said, referring to the negotiations that McCarthy led in with extreme right flank of his party during his long fight for speakership.