House Speaker Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday officially denied Democrats Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell on the House Intelligence Committee.
In a letter to House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, McCarthy said, “Thank you for your loyalty to your fellow Democrats and for your efforts to restore two members of Congress to the House Intelligence Standing Committee. I am grateful to you,” he wrote. Post to Twitter Tuesday night.
“But I cannot put partisan loyalty above national security, nor can I simply accept tenure as the sole criterion for membership on this important committee. Saga is more important.”
McCarthy cited the Democratic Party’s “new standard” for why it stripped California’s Schiff and Swalwell of their commission quotas after the Democratic-led House dismissed Republican lawmakers in 2021. Mar, Georgia From Jolie Taylor Green and Paul Gossard of Arizona, Commission for Incendiary Rhetoric and Posting.
In the letter, McCarthy stated that “the misuse of this panel in the 116th and 117th Congresses has seriously undermined its primary national security and surveillance missions, and has ultimately made our country less secure.” I appreciate that,” he added. It is one of “genuine honesty and authenticity that restores the trust of the American people.”
Swalwell called it a “political retaliation” after the chairman again promised to remove him from the intelligence committee early Tuesday.
“This is political revenge. That committee has always been a bipartisan committee and he has taken one of the most valuable pieces of glass in the parliamentary cabinet and destroyed it. The damage is irreparable. It will be something,” Swalwell said. “If Democrats advocate violence against another member of Congress, I support removing them.”
“If McCarthy thinks this will stop me from strongly opposing his efforts to dismantle these institutions, he knows how wrong he is,” Schiff told reporters. Let’s go,” he said.
“I think this is a terrible move on his part, and it shows once again that McCarthy is up for the most extreme elements of this conference,” he added.
Two House Republicans openly condemned McCarthy’s move on Tuesday. Rep. Don Bacon of Nebraska’s Swing District called the ousting of members from the committee “corruption,” while Rep. Victoria Spartz of Indiana said in a statement that she opposes moves to remove Democrats.
“Thank you to these Republicans who have spoken out against what McCarthy is doing,” Schiff later told CNN’s Anderson Cooper on “AC360.”
“I think this shows that there are Republicans who understand that this is very poorly thought out. Added. “These efforts are not bipartisan. Certainly the opposition to them is bipartisan.”
On Tuesday, McCarthy also announced a list of GOP members he would nominate to serve on a subcommittee on federal weaponization, chaired by Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan.
Rep. Dan Bishop of North Carolina and Rep. Chip Roy of Texas were also part of the initial holdout against McCarthy in the speakership competition.
The Speaker of the House also announced appointments to the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic, with Green selected among its members.
Republican sources say McCarthy expanded both selection committees, putting more people on the roster than originally expected due to “overwhelming interest” from members. Sources say House Republicans will need to submit a floor resolution to formally amend the ratio, but they don’t expect that to be an issue.