According to the Daily Wire, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) signaled his intent to remove “at least three” Democrats from committees should Republicans take control of the House in 2022.
McCarthy made the comments during an interview with Breitbart News, noting his decision is in response to Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) removing two Republicans — Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) and Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) — off their committees.
At a time when public approval ratings for Congress stand at a dismal 20%, many look to key leaders for ideas on how to put the public interest ahead of political intrigue.
However, McCarthy is looking forward to righting wrongs if the House flips in the midterms.
“The Democrats have created a new thing where they’re picking and choosing who can be on committees,” McCarthy said. “Never in the history [of Congress] have you had the majority tell the minority who can be on a 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.”
McCarthy added: “Ilhan Omar should not be serving on Foreign Affairs…. This is a new level of what the Democrats have done.”
McCarthy also shared that he has plans for Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff:
“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… think about what happened in Afghanistan. Why did Afghanistan collapse so fast? Was the Intel Committee under Adam Schiff focused on impeachment and not on the safety of America? Why are people coming across the border that are on a terrorist watch list? What are they doing about it? Their own members on that committee say it’s not happening when it’s true.”
“We need to have an Intel Committee that looks at what’s happening around the world and keeps America safe,” McCarthy continued. “It should do exactly what it was created [to do]: overseeing of our agencies and others. We’re going to hold people to a higher standard in the process if they want to be on the Intel Committee and the training to be a part of it. Take the politics out of it.”
Others have suggested that Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) should be removed from committee leadership. The calls came after Axios reported in December 2020 that Swalwell became intimate with an alleged Chinese spy, prompting federal investigators to intervene and provide him with a defensive briefing.
Axios reported that the alleged spy, Chinese national Christine Fang, “targeted up-and-coming local politicians in the Bay Area and across the country who had the potential to make it big on the national stage [through] campaign fundraising, extensive networking, personal charisma, and romantic or sexual relationships.”
With 25 Democrats in the House announcing they will not run for reelection in the midterms and Pelosi’s running plans in question, the probability for a Republican-controlled House appears to be high.
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