House Speaker Kevin McCarthy confirmed Thursday that three left-wing Democrats he long said would be booted from their committees should he be elected to the body’s top spot would in fact not be retaining their posts.
According to McCarthy, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., will not be returning to the House Intelligence Committee, while far-left Squad member Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., will not be returning to the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
The reasons for their removal spans back a number of years and involve a wide range of criticisms Republicans had, until now, been unable to act upon because of Democrats’ House majority.
McCarthy’s focus on Schiff stemmed from his role in the investigation of former President Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and whether it colluded with Russia to propel him to victory over Hillary Clinton.
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From left to right, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif.
From left to right, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif. (Getty Images)
Schiff has been accused of lying about details of the alleged ties between Trump and Russia, and was mocked once the dossier compiled by former British intelligence author Christopher Steele detailing the alleged ties, which Schiff heavily promoted at the time, was found by an investigation to contain false information.
Schiff was also accused of exaggerating the details of the call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, which was at the center of the former president’s first impeachment trial.
“You have Adam Schiff, who lied to the American public time and again — we will not allow him to be on the Intel Committee,” McCarthy said during an appearance on Fox News in November.
Swalwell has been sharply criticized over his ties to a suspected Chinese spy named Fang Fang, or Christine Fang, which surfaced in a 2020 report from Axios. According to the report, Fang was part of an expansive Chinese spying operation that targeted politicians to gain proximity to political power and helped him fundraise during his 2014 run for Congress.