House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has just made good on another promise Tuesday to remove Squad member Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) from the Foreign Affairs Committee and Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Eric Swalwell (D-CA) from the Intelligence Committee.
The Daily Mail is contending that it is payback from former Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA) stripping GOP Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Paul Gosar (R-AZ) from their committee assignments during the 117th Congress. However, Republicans are asserting it is a promise kept to clean the House of radical leftists who they see as a national security threat.
Republicans warned Democrats this was coming. Although conservatives won back the House with a slim majority, it is just enough to give them control and allow McCarthy the power to boot leftists from powerful committees. Normally, the new Democratic Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries would present names for the committees to McCarthy, but the Speaker had already made it clear who would be blocked, which includes the three far-left representatives, according to Punchbowl News.
“It’s not like it’s anything new,” McCarthy informed the media outlet. “Remember, this is what Nancy Pelosi – this is the type of Congress she wanted to have.”
Speaker McCarthy confirms that Adam Schiff, Eric Swalwell, and Ilhan Omar are getting kicked off the Intel and Foreign Affairs Committees.
Promises made. Promises kept!
— Congressman Troy Nehls (@RepTroyNehls) January 10, 2023
“Swalwell can’t get a security clearance in the private sector,” he noted of the California lawmaker who was allegedly honey potted by a Chinese spy named Fang Fang. “I’m not going to give him a government security clearance.”
The woman helped Swalwell raise money for his 2014 campaign and many suspect he was sleeping with her. The California Democrat claimed that he cut all ties to the alleged spy, but it was shown that he remained friends with her on Facebook long after an FBI briefing on her connection to China.
“Schiff has lied too many times to the American public. He should not be on Intel,” McCarthy bluntly asserted.
And then there are Omar’s antisemitic outbursts and anti-American sentiments. She even made conciliatory comments at the last moment, but it didn’t save her committee assignment.
— Aaron Maté (@aaronjmate) January 9, 2023
Unsurprisingly, all three Democrats are outraged over being removed from their committees and claim they have done nothing wrong.
“The Democrats have created a new thing where they’re picking and choosing who could be on committee,” McCarthy told Breitbart. “Never in the history [of Congress] have you had the majority tell the minority who could 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’s no reason why he should be given one to be on Intel or Homeland Security.
“So that will not — he will not be serving there,” McCarthy continued, later adding: “Ilhan Omar should not be serving on Foreign Affairs. This is a new level of what the Democrats have done.”
“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 doesn’t have any ill will [and] says he wants to continue to do it,” he continued.
Are you ready for some good news? Kevin McCarthy just confirmed that Swalwell, Schiff & Omar will be off Intel and Foreign Affairs committees.
— Pamela Hensley🇺🇸 (@PamelaHensley22) January 10, 2023
“Think about what happened in Afghanistan,” the new speaker added. “Why did Afghanistan collapse so fast? Was the Intel committee under Adam Schiff focused on impeachment and not on the safety of America? Why are people coming across the border that are on a terrorist watch list? What are they doing about it? Their own members on that committee say it’s not happening when it’s true. We need to have an Intel Committee that looks at what’s happening around the world and keeps America safe.”
McCarthy, in his first test as Speaker of the House, got a new rules package passed Monday night. Now, he faces a fight over committee assignments in the 118th Congress.
He has been promising since 2021 that he would block Swalwell, Schiff, and Omar from spots on the Intelligence and Foreign Affairs Committees and he kept that promise as soon as possible. Elections have consequences as the left has often said to Republicans.
(Video Credit: Daily Mail)
Punchbowl News is claiming that multiple Democratic leadership sources are claiming that the plan is to still name Schiff and Swalwell to Intel and Omar to Foreign Affairs. But that effort is almost certainly doomed and they will have to learn to live with disappointment now that Republicans are in charge.
The Daily Mail is reporting that Republicans will place Greene, Gosar, and already scandal-ridden New York Republican George Santos on committees. Whether the Santos allegation is true or not remains to be seen. Regardless, Democrats are powerless to stop it.
Greene was previously removed from the Budget and then from Education and Labor committees in February 2021 after comments she made that Democrats found offensive. It should be noted that eleven Republicans backed removing her at the time. It’s now expected that she will be placed on the Oversight and Accountability Committee, among other potential panel assignments.
Gosar was censured and stripped of his committee seats after he posted on social media an animated video depicting violent acts toward progressive Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and President Biden.
“They promised me that if I wanted to stay on Natural Resources and Oversight, I could stay,” Gosar commented.
Kevin McCarthy on the Communist Spy and the Russian Propagandist,
Swalwell can’t get a security clearance in the private sector and will not be getting a gov’t security clearance. Adam Schiff just lies too much, has lied too many times and shouldn’t be on the Intel committee.
— 🇺🇸RealRobert🇺🇸 (@Real_RobN) January 10, 2023
McCarthy has the power to block Schiff and Swalwell. But the House will need to act against Omar serving on Foreign Affairs. With a Republican majority and numerous Jewish Democrats who don’t care for her, it should be no problem making sure she’s off the Foreign Affairs Committee.
Omar is decrying her removal by claiming that Republicans “made it their mission to use fear, xenophobia, Islamophobia, and racism to target me on the House Floor and through millions of dollars of campaign ads.”
Schiff is screaming just as loudly, although he should not be surprised after trying to impeach Trump and then lying about the Russian collusion hoax. He bitterly stated that McCarthy “will adhere to the wishes of Marjorie Taylor Greene,” according to the Daily Mail.
Republished with permission from American Wire News Service
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