McCarthy says he'll strip Dems of committee slots if GOP wins House

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyRhode Island state treasurer running for Langevin's seat in US House McConnell aims to sidestep GOP drama over Trump House Republicans bash Democrats' China competition bill MORE (R-Calif.) said in an interview published Monday that he would move to prevent a number of prominent Democrats from serving on committees if Republicans win the House in this year's midterm elections.
McCarthy singled out Reps. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOver 80 lawmakers urge Biden to release memo outlining his authority on student debt cancellation Senate needs to confirm Deborah Lipstadt as antisemitism envoy — Now Overnight Defense & National Security — DOD watchdog to review extremism screening MORE (D-Minn.), Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffMask rules spark political games and a nasty environment in the House CIA says 'Havana syndrome' unlikely a result of 'worldwide campaign' by foreign power The Hill's Morning Report - Biden to make voting rights play in Atlanta MORE (D-Calif.) and Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellSwalwell slams House Republican for touting funding in bill she voted down There's no such thing as 'absolute immunity' for former presidents The Hill's 12:30 Report: Biden strategizes with Senate Dems MORE (D-Calif.), lawmakers he'd previously identified as potential targets.
But in a Breitbart interview published Monday, McCarthy was more declarative that Republicans would not let those members serve on committees if they take control of the House.

“Never in the history [of Congress] have you had the majority tell the minority who can be on committee. But this new standard which these Democrats have voted for — if Eric Swalwell cannot get a security clearance in the private sector, there is no reason why he should be given one to be on Intel or Homeland Security. He will not be serving there,” McCarthy said.

“Ilhan Omar should not be serving on Foreign Affairs,” McCarthy added. “This is a new level of what the Democrats have done.”

McCarthy had also previously singled out Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersRemedying injustice for the wrongfully convicted does not end when they are released McCarthy says he'll strip Dems of committee slots if GOP wins House A presidential candidate pledge can right the wrongs of an infamous day MORE (Calif.) as a Democrat Republicans might prevent from serving on committees, but she was not mentioned in the interview published Monday.


However, McCarthy confirmed that he would act to prevent Schiff and Swalwell from serving on the House Intelligence Committee as well as Omar on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Schiff chairs the Intelligence panel, while Waters leads the House Financial Services Committee.

After Democrats — as well as GOP Reps. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyRomney participating in fundraiser for Liz Cheney The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden faces Ukraine decision amid Russia aggression Cheney hits Gingrich for saying Jan. 6 panel members may be jailed MORE (Wyo.) and Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerHouse Republicans bash Democrats' China competition bill Romney participating in fundraiser for Liz Cheney Cheney hits Gingrich for saying Jan. 6 panel members may be jailed MORE (Ill.) — voted in November to strip Gosar of his committee assignments for posting an anime video that depicted him killing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez: Supporting Sinema challenge by someone like Gallego would be easy decision New Mexico Democrat tests positive for COVID-19 breakthrough case Warner tests positive for breakthrough COVID-19 case MORE (D-N.Y.), McCarthy warned that some lawmakers "will need the approval of a majority to keep those positions in the future."

Omar has faced some bipartisan pushback for her vocal criticism of Israel, such as previously saying that "Israel has hypnotized the world" and that the pro-Israel lobby "says it is OK for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country."

Republicans have also seized on a report from Axios in late 2020 that a suspected Chinese intelligence operative cultivated ties with Swalwell, who cut off contact with her several years ago after federal authorities alerted him to their concerns. Swalwell has not been accused of any wrongdoing.


Republicans nevertheless forced a procedural vote last year to remove Swalwell from the Intelligence Committee, which failed along party lines.

Schiff, meanwhile, has long been a top GOP target after he played a leading role in Democrats' first impeachment inquiry against former President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer chairman of Wisconsin GOP party signals he will comply with Jan. 6 committee subpoena Overnight Defense & National Security — Pentagon tells Russia to stand down Billionaire GOP donor maxed out to Manchin following his Build Back Better opposition MORE in 2019.

McCarthy pointed to Schiff's past calls to investigate claims in the infamous 2016 dossier that alleged Trump had ties to the Russian government. Federal investigations have found contacts between Trump campaign associates and Russians, but many of the sources and salacious allegations in the dossier have since been discredited.

“You look at Adam Schiff — he should not be serving on Intel when he has openly, knowingly now used a fake dossier, lied to the American public in the process and doesn’t have any ill will [and] says he wants to continue to do it,” McCarthy said.

Schiff, for his part, defended his past efforts to investigate allegations related to the Russian government's efforts to boost Trump in the 2016 election.


“The top line there of Russian help and Trump willingness to accept it and make use of it proved all too accurate,” Schiff said on “Meet the Press” in November.

Schiff later on Monday sought to raise campaign funds off of McCarthy's latest threat.

"This is yet another reason why a Republican majority must never happen. McCarthy knows that I will never shy away from my committee oversight responsibilities. That I will always stand up to him, and expose his duplicity to the American people," Schiff wrote in an email to supporters.

This story was updated at 5:27 p.m.