Kevin McCarthy Checkmates Schiff And Swalwell: “I am here by rejecting the appointments of Representative Adam Schiff and Representative Eric Swalwell to serve on the Intelligence Committee”

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House Speaker Kevin McCarthy officially booted Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell from the Intelligence Committee. Kevin 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.” He said in a letter to Leader Jeffries:

“Thank you for your letter dated January 21, 2023 regarding Representatives Schiff and Swalwell. I appreciate the loyalty you have to your democratic colleagues and I acknowledge your efforts to have two members of Congress reinstated to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

“But I cannot put partisan loyalty ahead of national security, and I cannot simply recognize years of service as a sole criteria for membership on this essential committee.

“Integrity matters more.

“As such, in order to maintain a standard worthy of this committee’s responsibilities, I am here by rejecting the appointments of Representative Adam Schiff and Representative Eric Swalwell to serve on the Intelligence Committee.

“It is my assessment that the misuse of this panel during the 116th and 117th Congress severely undermined its primary national security and oversight missions ultimately leaving our nation less safe.

“Therefore, as we enter a new Congress, I am committed to returning the Intelligence Committee to one of genuine honesty and credibility that retains the trust of the American people,” he wrote.

Schiff said:

“Kevin McCarthy just kicked me and @RepSwalwell off the Intelligence Committee.

“This is petty, political payback for investigating Donald Trump.

“If he thinks this will stop me, he will soon find out just how wrong he is. I will always defend our democracy.”

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