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House Speaker Kevin McCarthy declared that he will follow through on his pre-midterm promise to kick out Reps. Adam Schiff, Eric Swalwell, and Ilhan Omar from their respective House committees.
According to McCarthy (R-Calif.), who made the announcement to the Associated Press, he will attempt to remove the three from their positions as retaliation for Democrats removing Reps. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) from their panels during the previous Congress.
The House Intelligence Committee would lose California representatives Schiff and Swalwell, while the House Foreign Affairs Committee would lose Minnesota representative Omar.
McCarthy promised to fire the three Democrats nearly exactly one year ago if Republicans took back the House in the 2022 midterm elections, and he reaffirmed that statement last November after his prediction came true.
The Speaker of the House has stated that he worries that Swalwell may be compromised as a result of accusations that a Chinese spy may have infiltrated his campaign and gotten close to the congressman in 2020.
McCarthy has also stated in the past that because of her anti-Semitic comments, he would remove Rep. Ilhan Omar from the Foreign Affairs Committee.
He addressed the audience at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s leadership conference for 2022 in November saying: “I promised you last year that as speaker she will no longer be on Foreign Affairs, and I’m keeping that promise.”
Adam Schiff angered Republicans by leading the first attempt to remove former President Donald Trump from office and by serving on the House select committee that looked into Trump’s involvement in the Capitol riot on January 6, 2021.
“You have Adam Schiff, who had lied to the American public time and again. We will not allow him to be on the Intel Committee either.” McCarthy told Fox News in November, 2022.