Kevin McCarthy said he will kick several Democrats out of committees to speak
The top Republican in the House of Representatives has vowed to keep several Democratic lawmakers off congressional committees if his group nominates him as speaker.
Minority leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said on Fox News’ Sunday Morning Futures that the bans on MPs Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Eric Swalwell (D-CA ) would apply.
“One thing I’ve said from the start, Eric Swalwell can’t get a security clearance in the public sector,” McCarthy, 57, told host Maria Bartiromo, referencing the Bay Area representative’s alleged relationship with a Chinese spy.
“Why would we ever give him a security clearance of secrets to America? So I won’t allow him to be at Intel,” he said, a year after the GOP leader called on Democrats to remove Swalwell from the powerful House Intelligence Committee.
The congressman then took aim at Schiff and said the member-elect of the Jan. 6 House committee “continued to lie to the American public.”
“We won’t allow him to be on the Intelligence Committee either,” McCarthy said.
McCarthy also said he would keep his promises to remove pro-Palestinian progressive arsonist Omar from her leadership position.
“And you – look, Congressman Omar, your anti-Semitic comments that have come up. We will not allow her to be in Foreign Affairs,” he said.
The comments followed Republicans narrowly regaining a majority in the lower chamber in the midterm elections.
McCarthy is widely expected to be elected to replace retiring 82-year-old House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
Schiff fired back at McCarthy on ABC News’ This Week on Sunday, claiming his California representative’s predicted rule of the House would be “chaos”.
“He will adhere to the lowest common denominator wishes,” Schiff said. “And if that lowest common denominator wants to remove people from committees…then they will.”
McCarthy has reportedly promised Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) that she would be reinstated on the House Budget and Education Committees after the conspiracy theorist was rebuked by Democrats last year.
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