It’s Official: McCarthy Boots Schiff, Swalwell Off Intel Panel

  • New Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday formally rejected two California Democrats — Reps. Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell — 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.
  • McCarthy rejected the request, saying 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.
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