Kevin McCarthy, the minority leader in the U.S. House, said on Fox News over the weekend that he would remove several well-known Democrats from their present committee positions if he were elected the next speaker of the House.
Despite some Republican resistance, McCarthy, who is poised to become the next speaker, said that Democratic Reps. Ilhan Omar, Adam Schiff, and Eric Swalwell forfeited their right to serve on their respective committees as a result of their actions.
McCarthy told “Sunday Morning Futures” anchor Maria Bartiromo, “One thing I said from the very beginning, Eric Swalwell cannot get a security clearance in the public sector,”. “Why would we ever give him a security clearance and the secrets to America? So, I will not allow him to be on Intel.”
“You have Adam Schiff, who lied to the American public time and again,” McCarthy continued. “We will not allow him to be on the Intel Committee either.”
Finally, “Congresswoman Omar, her antisemitic comments that have gone forward, we’re not going to allow her to be on Foreign Affairs.”
Unsurprisingly, Omar attributed McCarthy’s remarks to “xenophobia, Islamophobia, and racism,” omitting the reality that it was her own antisemitic remarks that had brought about this situation.
In a statement quoted by The Hill, Omar said that “From the moment I was elected, the Republican Party has made it their mission to use fear, xenophobia, Islamophobia and racism to target me on the House Floor and through millions of dollars of campaign ads.”
Newt Gingrich, a former Republican House speaker, said this morning on “Fox & Friends” said he shared McCarthy’s viewpoint.
Gingrich stated, “I think Nancy Pelosi set the precedent,”. “She did something that had never been done before and reached into the minority party to decide who could and could not serve on some committees. I think Kevin McCarthy is following her precedent.”
“So the Democrats have nothing to complain about because they started this dance and frankly, the three people he’s picked so totally deserve to be kicked off committees,” he added. “It’s unbelievable.”
During his tenure as the chairman of the Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff built a career out of outright lying to the American people. Swalwell was romantically involved with a communist in China. For someone who will have security clearance, that is unthinkable. Additionally, Omar has a history of defying social conventions and is a virulently anti-Israel and anti-Semitic orator.
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“So I think those are three pretty good targets,” the former speaker concluded. “And I commend Speaker-designate McCarthy for taking them head-on.”
NPR reported last week that McCarthy had been nominated in a 188-to-31 vote by House Republicans to serve as the speaker when the new session of Congress convenes in January with a Republican majority.
A public vote will be held of the full House on Jan. 3, and McCarthy will need a majority of those votes — from both Democrats and Republicans — to actually win the speakership. Republicans will have a majority in the House, but just barely. CONTINUE READING…