House Intel. Committee Chairman Democrat Adam Schiff’s (CA) office said it would be “catastrophic” if the GOP takes back the House in 2022 and boot him from the intel. committee, as Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA) said to reporters he would do in an exclusive interview released on Monday.
Schiff’s spokeswoman Lauren French replied in a comment to Politico:
“It is always hard to take Kevin McCarthy seriously. Nevertheless, allowing him to get anywhere close to the Speaker’s gavel would turn out to be catastrophic — not only because of his habit for smears and falsehoods, but because he will exist only to do Donald Trump’s bidding — even possibly overturning the 2024 results.”
Schiff infamously spent years pledging that he had the evidence that Trump had colluded with Russia to win the election in 2016, but never revealed it. A multimillion dollar special counsel investigation from Robert Mueller also confirmed no evidence of conspiracy by Donald Trump or his campaign to organize with Russia about the election. Schiff never retracted his claims.
McCarthy also stated in his exclusive interview with conservative reporters that as House speaker, he would remove Democrat Congressman Eric Swalwell (CA) of his assignment on the intel. committee, as well as Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (MN) of her assignment on the Foreign Affairs Committee.
McCarthy said Swalwell, who was under scrutiny for his alleged connection to a Chinese spy, would not be allowed to be on the Homeland Security Committee either.
The GOP leader said he would be using the normal House Dems set when they removed Republican Congress-members Marjorie Taylor Greene (GA) and Paul Gosar (AZ) of their committee assignments.
“The Dems have created a new thing where they are choosing and picking who can be on committees,” McCarthy told Boyle. “Never in Congressional history have you had most people tell the minority who can be on committees. But this new way which these Dems have voted for—if Eric Swalwell cannot get security clearance in the private sector, he should not be given one for the Intel committee or Homeland Security. He won’t be serving there.”