Schiff, Swalwell, Omar Respond After Chairman McCarthy Keeps Them Out Of Committees: “Political Revenge”

Reps. Adam Schiff, Eric Swalwell and Ilhan Omar, who were stripped of their committee assignments by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, accused him of “political vendetta” in a statement Tuesday night after he again blocked their appointments.

“It is disappointing, but not surprising, that Kevin McCarthy has capitulated to the right wing of his caucus, undermining the integrity of Congress and damaging our national security in the process,” said Schiff, D-Calif., Swalwell, D-Calif. , and Omar, D-Minn., in a joint statement.

The statement is the latest exchange in an ongoing dispute between McCarthy, R-Calif., and the three Democrats after he removed them from election committee assignments after Republicans took over the majority and he was elected. President.

“He struck a corrupt deal in his desperate and near-failed attempt to win the presidency, a deal that required political revenge against the three of us,” the Democrats continued in the letter.

HOUSE SPEAKER MCCARTHY REJECTS JEFFRIES’ DEMAND TO REAPPOINT SCHIFF, SWALWELL TO INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, Republican of California, in the US Capitol House on January 7, 2023 in Washington, DC.
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Immediately after his decision, Schiff, Swalwell, and Omar asked McCarthy to reconsider.

But he did not.

Despite these efforts, McCarthy will not succeed. We will continue to speak out against extremism and tenaciously defend our democracy,” the Democratic trio said.

After the three Democrats failed to convince McCarthy to reinstate their committee seats, Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, DN.Y., the ranking Democrat in the House, vouched for them.

In a letter, Jeffries said the lawmakers were “eminently qualified” and experienced to warrant a position overseeing the nation’s intelligence community. Schiff and Swalwell previously served on the House Intelligence Committee, while Omar served on the Foreign Affairs Committee.

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That also failed to convince McCarthy, who said in an open letter that “national security” and “integrity” are more important than “partisan loyalty.”

“I appreciate your loyalty to your fellow Democrats and appreciate your efforts to have two members of Congress reinstated to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence,” McCarthy wrote to Jeffries. “But I cannot put partisan loyalty ahead of national security, and I cannot simply recognize years of service as the sole criteria for membership on this essential committee. Integrity is more important.”

The Republican added: “As such, to maintain a standard worthy of the responsibilities of this committee, I hereby reject the appointments of Representative Adam Schiff and Representative Eric Swalwell to serve on the Intelligence Committee.”

A split photo of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy with Representatives Adam Schiff, Eric Swalwell and Ilhan Omar.

A split photo of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy with Representatives Adam Schiff, Eric Swalwell and Ilhan Omar.
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McCarthy also said, “It is my assessment that the misuse of this panel during the 116th and 117th Congresses seriously undermined its primary oversight and national security missions, ultimately leaving our nation less secure.”

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“Therefore, as we enter a new Congress, I pledge to return the Intelligence Committee to one of genuine honesty and credibility that will win back the trust of the American people,” the California Republican said.

McCarthy alleges that Swalwell’s prior relationship with an alleged Chinese spy, Christine Fang, Schiff’s alleged propensity for lying to the Americans, and Omar’s outspoken criticism of Israel would keep them off their respective committees.

Representative Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., left, and Representative Adam Schiff, D-Calif., at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, USA, on Wednesday, February 23, 2022.

Representative Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., left, and Representative Adam Schiff, D-Calif., at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, USA, on Wednesday, February 23, 2022.
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Since becoming Speaker of the House, McCarthy has vowed to make the legislative process “more open and transparent.” He has also created select committees tasked with investigating the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the weaponization of the federal government.

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Republicans on the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic include Chairman Brad Wenstrup of Ohio and Representatives Nicole Malliotakis of New York, Mariannette Miller Meeks of Iowa, Debbie Lesko of Arizona, Michael Cloud of Texas, John Joyce of Pennsylvania, Majories Taylor Greene from Georgia, Ronny Jackson from Texas and Rich McCormick from Georgia.

Nancy Pelosi, Democrat of California, with Representative Ilhan Omar, Democrat of Minnesota, at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, USA, on Wednesday, July 20, 2022.

Nancy Pelosi, Democrat of California, with Representative Ilhan Omar, Democrat of Minnesota, at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, USA, on Wednesday, July 20, 2022.
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Republican members of the Federal Government Select Subcommittee on Weapons include Chairman Jim Jordan of Ohio and Representatives Darrell Issa of California, Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Chris Stewart of Utah, Elise Stephanik of New York, Mike Johnson of Louisiana, Chip Roy of Texas, Kelly Armstrong from North Dakota, Greg Steube from Florida, Dan Bishop from North Carolina, Kat Cammack and Harriet Hageman from Wyoming.

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