One of the promises Kevin McCarthy made when he was running for Speaker of the House was that he would remove Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell from their committee assignments.
McCarthy has kept this promise, but Democrats are not taking no for an answer.
Hakeem Jeffries, who is now the Minority Leader in the House, has submitted Schiff and Swalwell to serve on the Intel Committee.
The Hill reports:
Jeffries submits Schiff, Swalwell for Intel panel, forcing fight with McCarthy
The head of House Democrats has submitted Reps. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) to sit on the powerful Intelligence Committee, setting up a battle with Republican leaders who are vowing to keep them off the panel.
Separately, Democrats this week are also expected to seat Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, according to a source familiar with the Democrats’ plans, which will likely prompt GOP leaders to hold a floor vote to remove her.
In a letter sent Saturday to Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) said Schiff, the top Democrat on the Intelligence panel, and Swalwell are both “eminently qualified” to continue their service on the committee. Jeffries requested that McCarthy seat them there.
“Together, these Members have over two decades of distinguished leadership providing oversight of our nation’s Intelligence Community, in addition to their prosecutorial work in law enforcement prior to serving in Congress,” Jeffries wrote.
Kevin McCarthy needs to stick to his guns on this.
That’s going to be a hard NO.
Not for political reasons, like the Democrats did to me, but because Schiff and Swalwell can’t be trusted on the Intelligence Committee. https://t.co/68HRh7hFcd
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) January 24, 2023
Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell are central players in the corruption and politicization of the Intelligence Community: exactly that which the new Church Committee must investigate.
McCarthy should — and will — use Pelosi's new precedent to reject them:https://t.co/3kToXxGTUB
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) January 23, 2023
Swalwell is claiming this is all about political vengeance.
Honored to be re-nominated by @RepJeffries to the Intel Committee. McCarthy's threat to remove me, out of political vengeance, destroys the committee's independence. Worst, his justification is based on lies @washingtonpost’s fact-checker gave 4 Pinocchios. He has no credibility pic.twitter.com/rO9z3cNzQc
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) January 23, 2023
The truth is that Swalwell couldn’t get a security clearance as a civilian. He is compromised.