McCarthy Formally Rejects Schiff, Swalwell From House Intel Committee

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House Speaker Kevin McCarthy connected Tuesday officially rejected Reps. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) for seats connected the House Intelligence Committee after House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) nominated them connected Saturday.

McCarthy, pursuing done connected earlier promises, informed Jeffries successful a letter helium shared connected Twitter.

“I admit the loyalty you person to your Democrat colleagues, and I admit your efforts to person 2 Members of Congress reinstated to the House Permanent Select Committee connected Intelligence,” McCarthy wrote. “But I cannot enactment partisan loyalty up of nationalist security, and I cannot simply admit years of work arsenic the sole criteria for rank connected this indispensable committee. Integrity matters more.”

“As such, successful bid to support a modular worthy of this committee’s responsibilities, I americium hereby rejecting the appointments of Representative Adam Schiff and Representative Eric Swalwell to service connected the Intelligence Committee,” helium continued.

McCarthy contended that the sheet had been misused during the erstwhile 2 Congresses, which helium said had “severely undermined its superior nationalist information and oversight missions—ultimately leaving our federation little safe.”

He added that helium was committed to returning the sheet to “one of genuine honesty and credibility that regains the spot of the American people.”

As speaker, McCarthy has the powerfulness to name “all select, joint, and league committees ordered by the House,” according to the rules (pdf) of the House of Representatives. The House Intelligence Committee is simply a imperishable prime committee.

Schiff and Swalwell served connected that committee during the past Congress, with Schiff arsenic chairman. Over the weekend, Jeffries urged McCarthy to judge their instrumentality to the quality panel.

“I constitute contiguous to taxable for renomination 2 eminently qualified legislators to proceed their work connected the House Permanent Select Committee connected Intelligence: Ranking Member Adam Schiff and Representative Eric Swalwell of California,” Jeffries wrote successful a missive (pdf) on Jan. 21.

“It is my knowing that you mean to interruption with the longstanding House contented of deference to the number enactment Intelligence Committee recommendations and contradict seats to Ranking Member Schiff and Representative Swalwell,” helium continued. “The denial of seats to duly elected Members of the House Democratic Caucus runs antagonistic to the superior and sober ngo of the Intelligence Committee.”

McCarthy indicated his intention to region the brace past twelvemonth if the GOP won the House, and successful interviews with media connected Jan. 9, said he’d region Schiff, Swalwell, and Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) from their committee assignments.

“Swalwell can’t get a information clearance successful the backstage sector,” McCarthy told AP and Punchbowl, apt referring to reports that Swalwell was targeted by a suspected Chinese spy. “I’m not going to springiness him a authorities information clearance. Schiff has lied to the American public. He should not beryllium connected Intel.”