WATCH: McCarthy says he'll block Schiff, Swalwell from House intelligence committee

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker Kevin McCarthy reiterated Tuesday that helium volition artifact Democratic Reps. Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell of California from serving connected the House committee that oversees nationalist intelligence, saying the determination was not based connected governmental payback but due to the fact that “integrity matters, and they person failed successful that place.”

Watch McCarthy’s remarks successful the subordinate above.

In the erstwhile Congress, Democrats booted Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Paul Gosar of Arizona from their committee assignments for incendiary commentary that they said incited imaginable unit against colleagues.

Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, successful a letter sent to McCarthy over the weekend, asked that Schiff and Swalwell beryllium reappointed to the House Permanent Select Committee connected Intelligence, a prestigious sheet with entree to sensitive, classified information. There is nary “precedent oregon justification” for rejecting them, Jeffries said.

Unlike astir committees, appointments to the Intelligence sheet are the prerogative of the speaker, with input from the number leader.

McCarthy said helium would beryllium submitting his reply aboriginal Tuesday, but “let maine beryllium precise clear, this is not akin to what the Democrats did. Those members volition person different committees, but the Intel Committee is different. The Intel committee’s work is the nationalist information to America.”

“Hakeem Jeffries has 200 different radical who tin service connected that committee,” helium added.

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McCarthy was captious of Schiff’s actions arsenic president of the sheet during the archetypal impeachment probe of President Donald Trump, asserting helium utilized his presumption to “lie to the American nationalist again and again.” He besides asserted Swalwell couldn’t get a information clearance successful the backstage sector, truthful “we’re not going to supply him with the secrets to America.”

McCarthy tried to person Swalwell removed from the Intelligence sheet successful March 2021 based connected his interaction with a suspected Chinese spy. His solution against Swalwell, which was voted down successful the Democratic-led House, cited accusation that the suspected spy, Christine Fang, came into interaction with Swalwell’s run arsenic helium was archetypal moving for Congress successful 2012 and participated successful fundraising for his 2014 campaign.

Federal investigators alerted Swalwell to their concerns and briefed Congress astir Fang successful 2015, astatine which constituent Swalwell says helium chopped disconnected interaction with her.

Schiff told colleagues successful 2021 that Republican leaders successful 2015, including then-House Speaker John Boehner and the then-chairman of the quality panel, Republican Rep. Devin Nunes, were briefed connected the concern with Swalwell and “expressed nary absorption to his continued service” connected the Intelligence committee.

McCarthy insisted helium was putting nationalist information implicit partisan politics.

“We’re going to marque the Intel Committee backmost to what it was expected to be. No longer volition we miss what happened successful Afghanistan. No longer volition we miss what’s happening successful China, Russia, Iran and others. That’s what this state believes should happen,” McCarthy said.

McCarthy has besides vowed to region Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., from the Foreign Affairs Committee. In a associated connection the 3 Democrats being targeted for removal from committees said “it’s disappointing but not astonishing that Kevin McCarthy has capitulated to the close helping of his caucus, undermining the integrity of the Congress, and harming our nationalist information successful the process.”

They called their removal portion of a bargain McCarthy made with GOP hardliners to go talker “that required governmental vengeance against the 3 of us.”