House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., vowed on Sunday to unseat Democratic Reps. Eric Swalwell, Adam Schiff and Ilhan Omar were removed from their congressional committees when Republicans would take back control in the new Congress.
During an appearance on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures,” McCarthy told anchor Maria Bartiromo that he would keep a promise he made in January to remove Swalwell and Schiff from the House Intelligence Committee and Omar from the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
McCarthy said that Swalwell’s association with a Chinese spy, Schiff’s promotion of the Steele dossier and Omar’s criticism of Israel disqualify them from serving on their respective panels.
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“I’ve said one thing from the beginning, Eric Swalwell cannot have a security clearance in the public sector,” he said. “Why would we give him security clearance and secrets to America? That’s why I wouldn’t allow him to be on intel.”
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“You have Adam Schiff, who has repeatedly lied to the American public – we will not allow him to be on the Intel Committee either,” he continued. “Look at Congresswoman Omar, her anti-Semitic comments that have escalated. We will not allow her to get involved in foreign affairs.”
“But we’re also going to stand up to what’s happening, not only in the halls of Congress, but what’s happening to our institutions of higher education, the antisemitism going on on these campuses and others,” he said. “We will investigate this as well and stop this to make sure America has the freedoms we said we would have, and we will face it as we move forward.”
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McCarthy, who has been nominated as speaker by House Republicans, needs 218 votes when the full chamber votes in January. Republicans are projected to hold anywhere from 220 to 224 seats, casting doubt on their chances of securing enough votes.
Republican Reps. Andy Biggs, Matt Gaetz and Matt Rosendale have said they will not vote for McCarthy.