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 McCarthyRepublicans spend more than million at Trump properties The Hill's 12:30 Report: Pelosi fires back in feud with Trump The Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes 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 RatcliffeMueller mystery: Will he ever testify to Congress? GOP ready to step up spying case Grand jury material becomes key battle-line in Mueller report fight 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.


Rep. Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesHouse Intelligence enjoys breakthrough with Justice Department House Intel postpones enforcement action after DOJ offer to share some Mueller files Roger Stone considers suing to discover if he was spied on by FBI MORE (D-Calif.), who previously chaired the committee, will stay on as ranking member.

And GOP Reps. Mike ConawayKenneth (Mike) Michael ConawayOn 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 On The Money: New tariffs on China pose major risk for Trump | Senators sound alarm over looming budget battles | Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders team up against payday lenders MORE (Texas), Brad WenstrupBrad Robert WenstrupStep therapy forces patients to fail first: Congress can fix that Key doctors group faces political risks on guns GOP announces members who will serve on House intel panel MORE (Ohio), Mike TurnerMichael Ray TurnerOvernight Defense: NATO chief urges US to support alliance on its 70th anniversary | Turkey rebuffs Pentagon pressure over Russia deal | Rand Paul, liberals team up to push Trump on Syria withdrawal GOP House Intel member says Schiff 'needs to step aside' after Mueller investigation Don’t look for House GOP to defy Trump on border wall MORE (Ohio), Chris StewartChristopher (Chris) Douglas StewartCBO: Medicare for All gives 'many more' coverage but 'potentially disruptive' A new age for tobacco — raising the age to 21 is a smart move Barr testimony opens new partisan fight over FBI spying on Trump MORE (Utah), Rick CrawfordRichard (Rick) CrawfordThe 23 Republicans who voted against the anti-hate resolution House passes anti-hate measure amid Dem tensions GOP announces members who will serve on House intel panel MORE (Ark.), Elise StefanikElise Marie StefanikHillicon Valley: Lawmakers seek 'time out' on facial recognition tech | DHS asks cybersecurity staff to volunteer for border help | Judge rules Qualcomm broke antitrust law | Bill calls for 5G national security strategy Bipartisan House bill calls for strategy to protect 5G networks from foreign threats Here are the eight Republicans who voted with Democrats on the Equality Act MORE (R-N.Y.), and Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdDemocrats talk subpoena for Mueller Here are the eight Republicans who voted with Democrats on the Equality Act House approves anti-LGBT discrimination Equality Act 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 KingThirty-four GOP members buck Trump on disaster bill House bill seeks to bolster security for synagogues, mosques in wake of attacks Tax Foundation: Bill to roll back SALT deduction cap would cost 3B 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 TrumpPapadopoulos on AG's new powers: 'Trump is now on the offense' Pelosi uses Trump to her advantage Mike Pence delivers West Point commencement address 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 DemingsPelosi, Nadler tangle on impeachment, contempt vote House Intelligence enjoys breakthrough with Justice Department WHIP LIST: Democrats who support an impeachment inquiry against President Trump MORE (Fla.), Raja Krishnamoorthi (Ill.), Sean Patrick Maloney (N.Y.), and Peter WelchPeter Francis WelchPelosi, Nadler tangle on impeachment, contempt vote Democrats talk subpoena for Mueller Bernie Sanders is hypocritical on most significant campaign issues MORE (Vt.).

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffFive takeaways from Barr's new powers in 'spying' probe Trump declassification move unnerves Democrats Trump appeals order siding with House Democrats bank subpoenas 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 uses Trump to her advantage Fake Pelosi video sparks fears for campaigns Trump goes scorched earth against impeachment talk 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 MuellerThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump orders more troops to Mideast amid Iran tensions Trump: Democrats just want Mueller to testify for a 'do-over' Graham: Mueller investigation a 'political rectal exam' 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.