GOP announces members who will serve on House intel panel

GOP announces members who will serve on House intel panel
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Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyThe Hill's Morning Report: Trump walks back from 'send her back' chants History in the House: Congress weathers unprecedented week EU official in Canada says he feels 'at home' there because no one was shouting 'send him back' MORE (R-Calif.) on Wednesday announced the names of Republican members who will serve on the House Intelligence Committee, which will allow the panel to become constituted and be ready for business.

The new GOP addition to the committee is Rep. John RatcliffeJohn Lee RatcliffeRepublican lawmakers on why they haven't read Mueller report: 'Tedious' and 'what's the point?' Bipartisan Judiciary members request probe into gender discrimination allegations at FBI academy Hillicon Valley: Tim Cook visits White House | House hearing grapples with deepfake threat | Bill, Melinda Gates launch lobbying group | Tech turns to K-Street in antitrust fight | Lawsuit poses major threat to T-Mobile, Sprint merger MORE (R-Texas), a former federal prosecutor who also serves on the House Judiciary Committee. 

"My appointment to HPSCI will allow me to bring my background as a former U.S. Attorney and federal terrorism prosecutor to oversight that encompasses the broader intelligence community of our U.S. government and military," Ratcliffe said in a statement, referring to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

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Rep. Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesWill Democrats be up to the task of publicly interviewing Mueller? Election security to take back seat at Mueller hearing House passes annual intelligence bill MORE (D-Calif.), who previously chaired the committee, will stay on as ranking member.

And GOP Reps. Mike ConawayKenneth (Mike) Michael ConawayLobbying world On The Money: House chairman issues subpoenas for Trump's tax returns | Trump touts trade talks as China, US fail to reach deal | Five things to know about Trump's trade war with China | GOP offers support for Trump on tariffs GOP offers support for Trump on China tariffs MORE (Texas), Brad WenstrupBrad Robert WenstrupElection security to take back seat at Mueller hearing 58 GOP lawmakers vote against disaster aid bill Step therapy forces patients to fail first: Congress can fix that MORE (Ohio), Mike TurnerMichael Ray TurnerTrump taunts 'squad' in new video 82-year-old House Democrat asks 'The Squad' if he can join Merriam-Webster appears to jab Brit Hume for citing its first definition of racism to defend Trump MORE (Ohio), Chris StewartChristopher (Chris) Douglas StewartThis week: Mueller dominates chaotic week on Capitol Hill House gears up for Mueller testimony House Intel Republican: 'Foolish' not to take info on opponent from foreign ally MORE (Utah), Rick CrawfordRichard (Rick) CrawfordPoliticians cheer USWNT over defeating England, qualifying for World Cup final GOP moves to block provision banning use of Defense funds for border wall House Intel to take first major deep dive into threat of 'deepfakes' MORE (Ark.), Elise StefanikElise Marie StefanikRepublican lawmakers ask Trump not to delay Pentagon cloud-computing contract Rising number of GOP lawmakers criticize Trump remarks about minority Dems Overnight Defense: Woman accusing general of sexual assault willing to testify | Joint Chiefs pick warns against early Afghan withdrawal | Tensions rise after Iran tries to block British tanker MORE (R-N.Y.), and Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdJuan Williams: Trump fans the flames of white grievance Al Green says impeachment is 'only solution' to Trump's rhetoric Trump primary challenger Bill Weld responds to rally chants: 'We are in a fight for the soul of the GOP' MORE (Texas) will all also remain on the committee.

Conaway, who led the panel's Russia probe after Nunes stepped aside, had to receive a waiver in order to continue serving on the committee after surpassing the panel's time limit set for serving members.

Rep. Pete KingPeter (Pete) Thomas KingBerkeley professor warns deepfake technology being 'weaponized' against women Hillicon Valley: Harris spikes in Google searches after debate clash with Biden | Second US city blocks facial recognition | Apple said to be moving Mac Pro production from US to China | Bipartisan Senate bill takes aim at 'deepfake' videos Senators unveil bipartisan bill to target 'deepfake' video threat MORE (R-N.Y.) will no longer serve on the panel. He, too, would have required a waiver in order to remain on the panel.

The committee is expected to be ground zero for investigations into President TrumpDonald John TrumpChelsea Clinton announces birth of third child Ukrainian officials and Giuliani are sharing back-channel campaign information: report Trump attacks 'the Squad' as 'racist group of troublemakers' MORE's possible ties to Russia as well as the president's business dealings.

The committee can now organize and become fully constituted ahead of the panel's closed-door meeting next Friday with President Trump's former personal lawyer Michael Cohen. 

Democrats had named the new Democratic members to the high-profile panel nearly two weeks ago. They include Reps. Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsElection security to take back seat at Mueller hearing House gears up for Mueller testimony The Hill's 12:30 Report: Acosta resigns amid controversy over Epstein plea deal MORE (Fla.), Raja Krishnamoorthi (Ill.), Sean Patrick Maloney (N.Y.), and Peter WelchPeter Francis WelchTwo Democrats vow to press forward on Trump impeachment Here are the 95 Democrats who voted to support impeachment Sanders: 'I'm only grumpy most of the time' MORE (Vt.).

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffSchiff: US 'not ready' to battle foreign election interference in 2020 This week: Mueller dominates chaotic week on Capitol Hill Election security to take back seat at Mueller hearing MORE (D-Calif.), the chairman of the high-profile panel, indicated that those two weeks without GOP members have made an impact.

“We had a briefing today on hot spots around the world, classified briefing and none of the Republican members were there. So they’re also cutting themselves off from good information,” Schiff told CNN and The Hill on Wednesday.

But before either side announced new members, lawmakers quietly grumbled that the shutdown had delayed House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi, Mnuchin reach 'near-final agreement' on budget, debt ceiling Wendy Davis launches bid for Congress in Texas Steyer calls on Pelosi to cancel 'six-week vacation' for Congress MORE (D-Calif.) and McCarthy's ability to suss out who would serve on which committee.

The first few weeks, according to a Democratic committee source, will be orientation.

The source told The Hill that the panel will prioritize Russia, authoritarianism, and "vigorous oversight" of the Trump administration, but noted that the roadmap of which investigatory actions to pursue, and in which order, is still being decided.

The source also said the subcommittees for intelligence will be different than under Nunes.

There will be four subcommittees that will oversee: technological problems like artificial intelligence; counter-intelligence, proliferation, and terrorism; intelligence management and reform, including security clearances; and then finally, defense and war fighter support. 

Schiff, who has stated that the panel's first order of business will be to vote to release transcripts from the panel's witness interviews to special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerThis week: Mueller dominates chaotic week on Capitol Hill Top Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction MORE. He indicated that will be done once the committee is up and running.

"We will be adopting rules and doing some other things, so whether that will be the first meeting or the second meeting, I cannot say," Schiff said.