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.
McCarthy has also previously singled out Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersA presidential candidate pledge can right the wrongs of an infamous dayBiden should resolve to cease the ‘Red Queen’ justiceThe truth of Jan. 6 is coming to light accountability will fall to the courtsMORE (D-Calif.) as another Democrat that Republicans might prevent from serving on committees, but she was not mentioned in the interview published Monday.
However, McCarthy confirmed that he would act to prevent Schiff and Swalwell from serving on the Intelligence Committee, as well as Omar on the Foreign Affairs Committee.
Schiff chairs the Intelligence panel, while Waters leads the House Financial Services Committee.
After Democrats as well as GOP Reps. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyLawmakers take stock of election laws in wake of Jan. 6 anniversaryHutchinson says ‘big lie’ supporters ‘not demonstrating leadership’Fox News tops ratings for coverage on Jan. 6 anniversary eventsMORE (Wyo.) and Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerLawmakers take stock of election laws in wake of Jan. 6 anniversarySunday shows – Voting rights in the spotlight after Jan. 6 anniversaryKinzinger says Jan. 6 panel already has ‘powerful and substantive narrative’MORE (Ill.) voted in November to strip Gosar of his committee assignments for posting an anime video that depicted him killing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez tests positive for breakthrough COVID-19 caseOn The Money: Jobless claims tick up as omicron surgesThree in four voters support banning lawmakers from trading stocks: pollMORE (D-N.Y.), McCarthy warned that some lawmakers “will need the approval of a majority to keep those positions in the future.”
Omar has faced some bipartisan pushback for her vocal criticisms of Israel, such as previously saying that “Israel has hypnotized the world” and suggesting that the pro-Israel lobby “says it is OK for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country.”
Republicans have also seized on a report from Axios in late 2020 that a suspected Chinese intelligence operative cultivated ties with Swalwell, who cut off contact with her several years ago after federal authorities alerted him to their concerns. Swalwell has not been accused of any wrongdoing.
Republicans nevertheless forced a procedural vote last year to remove Swalwell from the Intelligence Committee, which failed along party lines.
Schiff, meanwhile, has long been a top GOP target after he played a leading role in Democrats’ first impeachment inquiry against former President TrumpDonald TrumpJim Jordan rejects Jan. 6 panel’s request to cooperate in investigationRebecca Kleefisch raises .3 million in Wisconsin gubernatorial bid Raffensperger knocks ‘double-minded’ Trump-endorsed challengerMORE in 2019.
McCarthy pointed to Schiff’s past calls to investigate claims in the infamous 2016 dossier that alleged Trump had ties to the Russian government. Federal investigations have found contacts between Trump campaign associates and Russians, but many of the sources and salacious allegations in the dossier have since been discredited.
You look at Adam Schiff he should not be serving on Intel when he has openly, knowingly now used a fake dossier, lied to the American public in the process and doesnt have any ill will [and] says he wants to continue to do it, McCarthy said.
Schiff, for his part, defended his past efforts to investigate allegations related to the Russian government’s efforts to boost Trump in the 2016 election.
The top line there of Russian help and Trump willingness to accept it and make use of it proved all too accurate, Schiff said on Meet the Press in November.