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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) threatened this week to remove at least three controversial Democratic lawmakers from their committee assignments should Republicans manage to take back the House of Representatives in the 2022 midterms.
In an interview with Breitbart News published Monday, McCarthy singled out Democratic Reps. Ilhan Omar (Minn.), Adam Schiff (Calif.), and Eric Swalwell (Calif.) as lawmakers he would target. He vowed as House Speaker to strip Omar of her assignment on the Foreign Affairs Committee and Schiff and Swalwell of their positions on the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
McCarthy indicated that he would remove Swalwell — who was caught up last year in a scandal involving a Chinese spy — from his assignment on the Homeland Security Committee, as well.
The leading House Republican characterized his forthcoming actions as retaliation against the Democrats for making committee assignments a political tool. Last year, Democrats in the House, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), stripped Republican Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (Ga.) and Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) of their committee assignments over controversial social media posts.
“The Democrats have created a new thing where they’re picking and choosing who can be on committees,” McCarthy told Breitbart. “Never in the history [of Congress] have you had the majority tell the minority who can 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 is no reason why he should be given one to be on Intel or Homeland Security. He will not be serving there.”
“Ilhan Omar should not be serving on Foreign Affairs,” McCarthy continued, adding, “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."
Omar has come under fire numerous times since joining Congress for making anti-Semitic comments and openly voicing opposition to America's strongest Middle Eastern ally, Israel. Meanwhile, Schiff rose to infamy during former President Trump's tenure by using his position to push the since-discredited Trump-Russia collusion probe.
The Hill noted that McCarthy has also previously singled out Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters (Calif.) as a representative who could be targeted. But the GOP leader made no mention of Waters in his interview with Breitbart.
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