New Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy rejected the nominations of Democratic Reps. Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell, both of California, to the House Intelligence Committee, and they expressed outrage on social media.
“I have rejected the nominations of Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell to the House Intelligence Committee,” McCarthy wrote. “I am committed to returning the @HouseIntel Committee to one of genuine honesty and credibility that will restore the confidence of the American people.”
The speaker said in his letter that both Schiff and Swalwell had made the country less safe through their past actions on the intelligence committee. He also referred to Swalwell’s relationship with an alleged Chinese spy and Schiff’s insistence on pushing the conspiracy theory of Russian collusion.
“I cannot put partisan loyalty ahead of national security, and I simply cannot recognize years of service as the sole criteria for membership on this essential committee. Integrity matters more,” McCarthy wrote.
“It is my assessment that the misuse of this panel during the 116th and 117th Congresses seriously undermined its primary missions of national security and oversight, ultimately leaving our nation less secure,” he concluded.
Schiff responded by launching his own accusations against McCarthy.
“Kevin McCarthy just removed me and @RepSwalwell from the Intelligence Committee,” he replied.
u201cKevin McCarthy just kicked me and @RepSwalwell off the Intelligence Committee.nnThis is a little political payoff for investigating Donald Trump.nnIf he thinks this will stop me, he will soon find out at what point is it nnI will always defend our democracy.u201d
— Adam Schiff (@Adam Schiff) 1674607752
“This is a little political payoff for investigating Donald Trump,” Schiff added. “If he thinks this will stop me, he will soon find out how wrong he is. I will always defend our democracy.”
Swalwell drew on a Pinocchio rating from the Washington Post to register his outrage.
“This rejection is based on a claim that the Washington Post’s independent fact checker gave 4 Pinocchios,” he tweeted.
“Speaker Boehner and Ryan, both members of the Gang of 8, appointed me to Intel with access to the same facts that McCarthy is distorting. He can keep me out of Intel, but I’m not leaving,” he added .
McCarthy also announced the creation of two select subcommittees, one to investigate the weaponization of the federal government and another to investigate whether the government’s profiteering investigation contributed to the coronavirus pandemic.
Here’s more on McCarthy’s intellectual moves:
McCarthy Blocks Schiff, Swalwell From Intelligence Committee www.youtube.com
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