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.
BREAKING: Kevin McCarthy vows to remove Adam Schiff, Ilhan Omar, and Eric Swalwell from their Congressional committee assignments as revenge for removing Marjorie Taylor Greene and Paul Gosr if Republicans win the House in 2022. RT IF YOU'RE PROUDLY VOTING BLUE IN THE MIDTERMS!
— Occupy Democrats (@OccupyDemocrats) January 11, 2022
Adam Schiff’s office said it would be “catastrophic” if Republicans take the House in 2022 and remove him from the intelligence committee, as Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told Breitbart News he would do in an exclusive interview. https://t.co/fagwsPPs1U
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) January 10, 2022
If he becomes Speaker, Kevin McCarthy is going to remove Democrats like Ilhan Omar and Adam Schiff from committee assignments JUST to spite us. Who else thinks this is totally wrong?
— Phil Arballo (@PhilArballo) January 11, 2022
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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