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Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Tuesday formally rejected two Democrats — Reps. Adam Schiff (Calif.) and Eric Swalwell (Calif.) — from serving on the Intelligence Committee, escalating the two-year, tit-for-tat battle between the parties over who is qualified for certain positions on Capitol Hill.
House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) had written to McCarthy on Saturday asking that both Schiff and Swalwell be seated on the Intel panel, where membership assignments come solely at the discretion of the Speaker.
But McCarthy said Schiff and Swalwell’s previous actions make them unfit to serve on a panel with jurisdiction over and access to sensitive issues of national security.
In order to maintain a standard worthy of this committee’s responsibilities, I am hereby rejecting the appointments of Representative Adam Schiff and Representative Eric Swalwell to serve on the Intelligence Committee,” he wrote in a letter to Jeffries.
“This is not not anything political. This is not similar to what the Democrats did,” McCarthy told reporters.
In a tweet, the Speaker said, “I have rejected the appointments of Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell for the House Intelligence Committee.
“I am committed to returning the @HouseIntel Committee to one of genuine honesty and credibility that regains the trust of the American people.”
I have rejected the appointments of Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell for the House Intelligence Committee.
— Kevin McCarthy (@SpeakerMcCarthy) January 25, 2023
🔥 @SpeakerMcCarthy on Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff: “He can serve on a committee, but he will not serve on Intel because it goes to the national security of America — and I will always put them first. pic.twitter.com/4kZSjd0rPP
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) January 25, 2023
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