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Kevin McCarthy Says Schiff, Swalwell, Omar Will be Stripped of Committee Assignments if GOP Wins Back the House

Kevin McCarthy Says Schiff, Swalwell, Omar Will be Stripped of Committee Assignments if GOP Wins Back the House

“if Eric Swalwell cannot get a security clearance in the private sector, there is no reason why he should be given one to be on Intel or Homeland Security”

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said during a recent interview that if Republicans take back the House of Representatives in November, that certain Democrats will be stripped of their committee assignments.

He pointed specifically to Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell, who serve on the House Intelligence Committee and Ilhan Omar, who serves on Foreign Affairs.

McCarthy is not picking a fight out of thin air. He points out that Democrats created these new rules.

Christina Marcos reports at The Hill:

McCarthy says he’ll strip Dems of committee slots if GOP wins House

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said in an interview published Monday that he would move to prevent a number of prominent Democrats from serving on committees if Republicans win the House in this year’s midterm elections.

McCarthy singled out Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), lawmakers he’d previously identified as potential targets.

McCarthy had previously threatened to retaliate against Democrats for their votes in the last year to remove Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) and Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) from committees for invoking political violence in their rhetoric.

But in a Breitbart interview published Monday, McCarthy was more declarative that Republicans would not let those members serve on committees if they take control of the House.

“Never in the history [of Congress] have you had the majority tell the minority who can be on committee. But this new standard which these Democrats have voted for — if Eric Swalwell cannot get a security clearance in the private sector, there is no reason why he should be given one to be on Intel or Homeland Security. He will not be serving there,” McCarthy said.

“Ilhan Omar should not be serving on Foreign Affairs,” McCarthy added. “This is a new level of what the Democrats have done.”

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The left is already freaking out about this.

Writing at CNN, Jill Filopovic offers what will undoubtedly be the unified response from Democrats and the media. Republicans are a threat to our democracy:

Kevin McCarthy’s comment is a warning sign

If Democrats lose the US House of Representatives in this fall’s midterm elections, 2023 is going to be rough — not just for liberals, but for American democracy and the country’s overall stability.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a Republican from California, has already vowed to remove three prominent Democrats — Eric Swalwell, Adam Schiff and Ilhan Omar — from important committee assignments, simply — it seems — as vengeance…

This would be a radical move under just about any circumstance, but it’s coming at a critical moment, when American democracy is at its most fragile in generations. One party is seeking to maintain our democratic system of governance and the institutions and norms that enable it. Another has steadily sought to undermine them.

This latest threat is one more warning sign: The GOP is on the path to become an antidemocratic party. We miss that fact at our nation’s peril.

McCarthy must follow through on this if the GOP does take back the House. If people like Jill Filopovic think this is harsh, they have no idea what other sorts of things the Republican base is going to demand over the next few years.

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Comments

I don’t hold a lot of faith in you.

This shouldn’t need to be a political threat.
There should be legislation passed that certain positions need defined levels of security clearance and if you can’ t pass, you don’t get on that committee.

    TargaGTS in reply to NGAREADER. | January 12, 2022 at 9:39 am

    I agree. While their staffers all have to obtain clearances in the way any member of the Executive branch would, the elected House and Senate members do not.

    Through the years – particularly since the WOT began in earnest – there has been support from government watchdogs (inside and outside of government) to enact legislation, like you suggest, that would put the same onerous requirements on members of Congress as any other security clearance holding individual has to complete. Those calls have fallen on deaf ears in Congress.

    Imagine the problems Illhan Omar would have in applying for a security clearance. For instance, ALL prior marriages have to be disclosed.

    TargaGTS in reply to NGAREADER. | January 12, 2022 at 12:01 pm

    Thinking about this more, though…and I think it’s reasonably clear that if an Administration that ran government in a hyper-partisan way devoid of good-faith execution of their power (like the Biden and Obama administrations did), the security clearance process would immediately become a political weapon.

    A Congressional member says something negative about the administration? Well, they’ll just pull that security clearance. Remember, there is no judicial review of the process, no appeal of the process heard outside of the Executive Branch. Maybe the potential for weaponization is why Congress hasn’t done it, yet.

      BrianD in reply to TargaGTS. | January 12, 2022 at 2:51 pm

      Excellent point.

      henrybowman in reply to TargaGTS. | January 12, 2022 at 7:10 pm

      “A Congressional member says something negative about the administration? Well, they’ll just pull that security clearance.”

      I’m heartily for it. It would be another case of forcing government poohbahs to live under exactly the same rules as you and I have to. That’s the only way they will ever be changed.

    Olinser in reply to NGAREADER. | January 12, 2022 at 1:09 pm

    I agree in PRINCIPLE only.

    In practice, anybody with a brain should know how that would end.

    With the Democrat Deep State jackasses denying Republican’s clearances on the absolute thinnest of fig leafs, and brushing off absolutely anything about Democrats and giving them clearances anyway.

      henrybowman in reply to Olinser. | January 12, 2022 at 9:19 pm

      They’re already doing this now with committee assignments.
      It’s not about “how that would end,” it’s already past that “end” and still traveling.
      Give it back to them, good and hard. Hurt them with their own tyranny.

    henrybowman in reply to NGAREADER. | January 12, 2022 at 7:09 pm

    I disagree. If the Democrats institute spite rules, the Republicans should exercise them. You don’t keep your floor poop-free by saying “bad dog” in a “good dog” squeaky-voice.

    My only question about the headline is: why stop there? There are plenty more Democrats who need to be stripped of power.

    I’m done with the high road. It goes nowhere near the finish line.

    What? You mean as if they intend to apply it fairly and equally, instead of just as a childish retaliatory measure? That doesn’t sound like our elected leader’s at all!

    felixrigidus in reply to NGAREADER. | January 13, 2022 at 6:15 am

    Of course, the problem there is that the Executive Branch, namely the corrupted FBI, does these. Only when these clearances are truly non-partisan can any automatism be tolerated.

2smartforlibs | January 12, 2022 at 9:32 am

RINO says what?

Most certainly, the whole squad deserves to be blackballed from any position which would allow access to classified information.

Will the GOP do this before or after they repeal Obamacare?

    If you want Obamacare to have not taken hold go back to 2012 and make Romney win. If you want to fight on the issues of 2022 you are welcome to move on from the economic debate of 2012.

      BrianD in reply to Danny. | January 12, 2022 at 2:53 pm

      I believe the satire was lost on you. Why so angry?? Recovering Lutheran was making a point that our guys do not do what they claim they will do. But it’s funnier the way he said it. maybe lighten up a little??

        Danny in reply to BrianD. | January 12, 2022 at 10:21 pm

        Maybe stop demanding we lose more elections because we can’t accept the results of 2012? Trump’s share of the white working class went down by 2%. If he had kept his white working class support at 2016 levels he would still be president.

      henrybowman in reply to Danny. | January 12, 2022 at 7:15 pm

      I’m sorry, this was the most ridiculous suggestion I’ve yet read today.
      Do you perhaps happen to remember what Romney’s “signature accomplishment” was during his tenure in Massachusetts?
      Oh yeah!
      RINOs don’t solve problems. RINOs create problems.

      ObamaCare is very much an economic debate of 2022, or what, do you imagine that it has had no impact since 2012? ObamaCare is a disaster. Period. And yes, it must be repealed; President Trump did the best he could in getting the mandate removed, but the whole thing is a boondoggle mess and has to go. Remember, this travesty is what nationalized student loans, on top of all the other horror that had nothing to do with “health care” (and frankly, the “health care” part is pure suckage, too.).

        henrybowman in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | January 12, 2022 at 9:36 pm

        Keep in mind that the “failure to repeal Obamacare” had frak-all to do with who was the President. All those RINO’s that Danny considers our saviors literally owned the entire first branch for two whole years, and yet did nothing to effectuate the repeal that they assured us was their Holy Grail. And the only explanation for that was that they didn’t really want to and never really intended to.

        The only alternative is they were the most incompetent bunch of government flunkies since the French Parliament that authorized the Maginot Line.

        Either way, delegating the protection of your liberties to these clowns is an error only a fool would make more than once.

        I do know the case for ending the student loan program, or at least federal student loan program at least.

        Giving working class individuals a subsidy to purchase health care with however, what is the case against that? I can’t remember any other issue besides the individual mandate being discussed in 2012 or since then so it is clear that is a hard question to answer.

        We took a win on medical device taxes, and on the individual mandate but there is pretty good reason we didn’t take peoples health care away.

        Trump support among white working class in 2020 went down 2% compared to 2016. I think saying he would end Obamacare in the debate combined with the tax cuts had a lot to do with that.

          Barry in reply to Danny. | January 13, 2022 at 9:36 pm

          “I think…”

          No, you don’t.

          The 2020 election was massively corrupted. Trump won in a landslide when actual American citizens votes are counted, once.

          Biden and the entire democrat party are crooks and stole the election. Only a non-thinking moron cannot figure this out.

      CommoChief in reply to Danny. | January 12, 2022 at 9:50 pm

      Wasn’t it your your boy McCain who got of the sick bed to fly back to DC and cast the thumbs down on repeal?

        When was McCain my boy? I didn’t say make him the 2008 standard bearer I wasn’t old enough to vote. You on the other hand…thanks for making him the standard bearer.

        More seriously why is it important to alienate the working class? You haven’t given a case against subsidizing purchase of health insurance.

          Ok, he was your girl.

          henrybowman in reply to Danny. | January 13, 2022 at 2:17 am

          I suppose he was my boy. And we would have gotten away with recalling him, too, if it hadn’t been for those meddling Arabs, who knocked down some big Lincoln Logs in New York. And that was that.

          CommoChief in reply to Danny. | January 13, 2022 at 10:11 am

          Oh Danny boy…

          No. I didn’t vote for him in the primary. I did ever so reluctantly cast my absentee ballot for him as the r nominee. Two points there; was getting my ass shot at in Iraq on my third deployment and we should fully support the nominee whether we agree 100% or not. As to McCain being your boy you seem to want to elevate weak sauce r to mythic status; Romney, McCain and McConnell.

          Just fyi I support reform of healthcare system. Unfortunately the only way to remove inequity in delivery is to upend the cart. Remove tax breaks for employer provided health insurance. Put everyone on the same footing in terms of ability to purchase by gutting Medicaid and Obamacare. Take the funds and make direct transfers to individual health savings accounts. Enforce pricing transparency. Directly subsidize rural hospitals and health care. Add funding for those with chronic illness that the normal health insurance that is good for the 95% of the population won’t cover.

          This would eliminate the Byzantine system we have now and place individuals in charge of their healthcare. It would end disparities between small businesses and independent contractors v employees of govt and big businesses.

          So the lesson here is don’t make assumptions and don’t project your bias onto others.

        If you read anything I said and came to the conclusion that the I desperately want Obamacare repealed, or want it repealed at all and therefore love Mitt Romney because he would have done that if he had won 2012 congratulations sir you are an idiot.

        Obamacare without the individual mandate and the taxes (you know the only portions of Obamacare our side talked about from 2009-2017) is purely a subsidy that goes to working class Americans to help them purchase healthcare.

        You have not given a case against that and yet are demanding our side fork over more positions to the Democrats to try it.

        We donated the presidency to them already (do you really think the working class voters who went from Trump to Biden loved the idea of taking away their health insurance to pay for upper class tax cuts and a larger military?) how many other defeats do you want?

        By the way hospitals receive grants are given routinely https://usagrantapplication.org/hospital-grants/

        All Obamacare does is subsidize purchase of health insurance.

        You also can’t argue it is too expensive while arguing we desperately need to give Mark Milley more money for his pet projects like studying white rage and promoting CRT in Pakistan or that what is wrong in the economy is Jeff Bezos pays too much in taxes. If we want to start lowering government spending it can’t be only the working class who feel it.

    I agree. McCarthy is a mlilquetoast opportunist who is suddenly MTG. He’s running for Speaker. We already had a Boehner. We saw how that worked out.

Only in Bizzaro World would a Congressman who sleeps with Chinese spies be on the Intelligence Committee.

(Aren’t there enough gold digging skanks in DC already? Do they really need to be imported from China?)

Isn’t that swell – the New Democrat election mantra will be:

“Don’t let them do to us what we already do to them.”

    The GOP mantra should be: “Don’t let them do to us what we’ve been letting them do to us!”

    Don’t count on the GOP for ANYTHING. EVER.

    Trump, MTG, Rand Paul and a handful of others are all we can trust. Ted Cruz recently proved that.

      YES! Remember that McConnell and McCarthy both took to the floor of their respective houses and condemned President Trump for the J6 riot without any evidence and with a set of bad facts based on a hastily (and now debunked) timeline. If they are that stupid in the heat of battle, imagine their stupidity when they have a chance to think about it.

““if Eric Swalwell cannot get a security clearance in the private sector,”

I doubt that the Kenyan could get a security clearance if not for election to high office.

Tit for tat. I fully support new rules shall be applied equally.

CaliforniaJimbo | January 12, 2022 at 11:42 am

The dem position is they only pulled the R’s committee assignments because McCarthy failed to “discipline” his members (the way the dems demanded).
Ok, I haven’t seen Schiff, Swalwell, of Omar disciplined in any manner. Pull those assignments.
Another fine example how Democrat overreach bites them in the rear.

The better choice is to apply the Pelosi standard to all standing committees; for thirty days. IOW no d allowed to serve on any committee except a token two that hand selected by the Speaker without input from the Minority leader.

After 30 days allow the Minority leader selections to serve. The point being made is a great many things in DC depend upon norms. Violate those norms for partisan reasons for short term power and things get out of hand as soon as the pendulum swings.

Apparently, whatever Schiff believes he is doing on the Intelligence Committee, for his to suddenly have to stop doing it would be “catastrophic”. For whom? His investments? China? Talk about hubris.

    Milhouse in reply to Pasadena Phil. | January 12, 2022 at 4:58 pm

    For “democracy”, apparently. The point, I think, being that people shouldn’t be kept off the intel committee for political reasons. And of course the exclusion of MTG is not at all political, not in the slightest. It’s just because she’s funny-looking, I suppose.

Comanche Voter | January 12, 2022 at 12:26 pm

Ooh rah! That lying litlte Schiffster needs to be dropkicked from the shore of the Potomac all the way to Delaware–or further.

Please let this happen.

His internal polls on his RINO GOPe buddies must be catastrophically bad for him to say this.

I’ll believe it when I see it, jackass. It took you SIX MONTHS to dump Cheney, and you STILL haven’t removed Cheney and Kizinger from their committees.

McCarthy is a coward that is panicking because he knows that his own personal position and power are under serious threat.

California needs to explain to us why they are sending us these reps. McCarthy is a Republican. There are many more CA Democrats that are really bad.

McCarthy won’t even take RINO’s like Cheney off of their committees. He ain’t gonna do shit. Never has, never will.

Pretty stupid to inflame people like this, it just brings out the lefties to vote. How about shut up until you win?

Gee, I wish McCarthy et al., would hold off with the big talk. Let’s get there first, then go for the kill, figuratively speaking, of course. By the way, to get too comfortable with the next election is to underestimate the corruption, evilness and degeneracy of the left. Make sure you vote no matter how certain you are about a Republican landslide. Just a few words of caution.