- House Speaker Kevin McCarthy rejected two democrats’ bids to be on the intelligence committee.
- McCarthy said that Reps. Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell weren’t match to serve on the committee.
- The two democrats served on it from 2015 to 2019 and headed up impeachment efforts against Trump.
House Speaker Rep. Kevin McCarthy announced that two outstanding democrats wouldn’t be re-assigned with the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence in a daring partisan articulation of his new term.
McCarthy revealed a letter in response to House Minority chief Rep. Hakeem Jeffries on Tuesday, arguing that the 2 lawmakers had “severely undermined its primary national security and oversight missions — ultimately leaving our nation less safe.”
Jeffries had rallied McCarthy on Monday to permit the 2 to serve on the committee, mentioning the “double standard” of permitting serial liar Rep. George Santos to realize committee assignments.
McCarthy, who was elected House majority speaker after a fifteenth grinding vote, said in his letter that he “cannot simply recognize years of service as the sole criteria for membership,” referring to Reps. Schiff and Swalwell’s earlier terms on the committee from 2015 to 2019.
Both Schiff and Swalwell featured closely in the impeachment proceedings against Trump.
Previously, McCarthy had argued that due to Swalwell’s past affiliation with a Chinese spy, he shouldn’t serve on the committee. He claimed that Schiff “lied to the American public” about his knowledge of the whistleblower on the heart of the first impeachment proceedings. McCarthy has claimed the transfer will not be retaliatory