McCarthy vows to remove Swalwell, Schiff and Omar from House committees
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., vowed on Sunday to remove Democratic Representatives Eric Swalwell, Adam Schiff and Ilhan Omar from their congressional committees when Republicans regain control of the new Congress.
During an appearance on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures,” McCarthy told presenter Maria Bartiromo he would keep a promise he made in January to remove Swalwell and Schiff from the House Intelligence Committee and Omar from the House Foreign. Affairs Committee.
McCarthy said Swalwell’s association with a Chinese spy, Schiff’s promotion of the Steele dossier and Omar’s criticism of Israel disqualified them from sitting on their respective panels.
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“One thing I said early on, Eric Swalwell can’t get a public sector security clearance,” he said. “Why would we give him a security clearance and America’s Secrets? Then I won’t allow him to be on Intel.”
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“You have Adam Schiff, who has lied to the American public time and time again – we won’t allow him on the Intel board either,” he continued. “Look at MP Omar, her anti-Semitic comments that were aired. We’re not going to allow her to be in Foreign Affairs.”
“But we’re also going to stand up to what’s happening, not just in the halls of Congress, but what’s happening to our institutions of higher education, the anti-Semitism that’s rampant on those campuses and others,” he said. he added. “We will also investigate this and stop this to make sure America has the freedoms that we said we would keep, and we will resist them as we move forward.”
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McCarthy, who was nominated for president by House Republicans, needs 218 votes when the full chamber votes in January. Republicans are expected to hold between 220 and 224 seats, casting doubt on his chances of getting enough votes.
Republican Representatives Andy Biggs, Matt Gaetz and Matt Rosendale said they would not vote for McCarthy.