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 McCarthyOn The Money: Breaking down the June jobs report | The biggest threats facing the recovery | What will the next stimulus bill include? McCarthy to offer bill withholding funds from states that don't protect statues McCarthy calls on Pelosi to condemn 'mob violence' after toppling of St. Junipero Serra statue 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 RatcliffeFormer Trump intelligence officials say they had trouble briefing him on Russia: report GOP senator calls for Russian bounties briefing after reviewing intelligence Overnight Defense: House panel votes to ban Confederate flag on all Pentagon property | DOD report says Russia working to speed US withdrawal from Afghanistan | 'Gang of Eight' to get briefing on bounties Thursday 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 NunesVoters must strongly reject the president's abuses by voting him out this November Sunday shows preview: With coronavirus cases surging, lawmakers and health officials weigh in Hillicon Valley: Democrats introduce bill banning federal government use of facial recognition tech | House lawmakers roll out legislation to establish national cyber director | Top federal IT official to step down MORE (D-Calif.), who previously chaired the committee, will stay on as ranking member.

And GOP Reps. Mike ConawayKenneth (Mike) Michael ConawayLive coverage: Democrats, Republicans seek to win PR battle in final House impeachment hearing Laughter erupts at hearing after Democrat fires back: Trump 'has 5 Pinocchios on a daily basis' Live coverage: Schiff closes with speech highlighting claims of Trump's corruption MORE (Texas), Brad WenstrupBrad Robert WenstrupGOP-Trump fractures on masks open up The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Sen. Coons says US needs to invest in vaccine manufacturing now; uncertainty looms over states reopening The Hill's Coronavirus Report: U.S. reaches grim milestone of 50,000 deaths; UAE Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba says COVID-19 crisis creates opportunity with Iran MORE (Ohio), Mike TurnerMichael Ray TurnerCelebrating our freedoms and counting all military votes this November Will Congress finally address toxic 'forever chemicals?' Democrats release bilingual ads on police reform bill MORE (Ohio), Chris StewartChristopher (Chris) Douglas StewartAtlanta Wendy's 911 call the night of Rayshard Brooks's death released Tyler Perry offers to pay for funeral of Rayshard Brooks Current, former NHL players form diversity coalition to fight intolerance in hockey MORE (Utah), Rick CrawfordRick CrawfordRepublicans score procedural victory on Democrats' infrastructure bill The case for renewed US engagement in Latin America Arkansas program that places unemployed guards, reservists in agriculture jobs can be a model for nation MORE (Ark.), Elise StefanikElise Marie StefanikThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Fauci 'aspirationally hopeful' of a vaccine by winter Pentagon: 'No corroborating evidence' yet to validate troop bounty allegations Overnight Defense: Lawmakers demand answers on reported Russian bounties for US troops deaths in Afghanistan | Defense bill amendments target Germany withdrawal, Pentagon program giving weapons to police MORE (R-N.Y.), and Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdKaren Bass's star rises after leading police reform push The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - States are pausing reopening Democrats release bilingual ads on police reform bill 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) KingCheney clashes with Trump Coronavirus Report: The Hill's Steve Clemons interviews Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney On The Money: 3 million more Americans file for unemployment benefits | Sanders calls for Senate to 'improve' House Democrats' coronavirus bill | Less than 40 percent of small businesses have received emergency coronavirus loans 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 TrumpProtesters tear down statue of Christopher Columbus in Baltimore 'Independence Day' star Bill Pullman urges Americans to wear a 'freedom mask' in July 4 PSA Protesters burn American flag outside White House after Trump's July Fourth 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 DemingsLiberal veterans group urges Biden to name Duckworth VP Democrats seize on Florida pandemic response ahead of general election Progressive groups urge Biden to tap Warren as running mate MORE (Fla.), Raja Krishnamoorthi (Ill.), Sean Patrick Maloney (N.Y.), and Peter WelchPeter Francis WelchNational Retail Federation hosts virtual 'store tours' for lawmakers amid coronavirus Democrats roll out national plan to reopen America Democrats press USDA to create rural coronavirus task force MORE (Vt.).

Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffDemocrats hit Trump for handling of Russian bounty allegations after White House briefing Voters must strongly reject the president's abuses by voting him out this November Democrats face tough questions with Bolton 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 PelosiOn The Money: Breaking down the June jobs report | The biggest threats facing the recovery | What will the next stimulus bill include? Military bases should not be renamed, we must move forward in the spirit of reconciliation Pelosi: Trump 'himself is a hoax' 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) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout 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.