(AmericanProsperity.com) – The new House speaker is reallocating committee roles, the way new House speakers have always done. This time a couple of prominent Democrats have lost influential positions because there are serious doubts about whether they can be trusted. One of them is responding with bluster — and threats.
After last November’s midterm elections, Representative Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who was House Minority leader at the time, vowed to remove Representatives Adam Schiff (D-CA) and Eric Swalwell (D-CA) from the House Intelligence Committee. McCarthy said the Democrats had misused the committee to attack Republicans, stressing the importance of bringing the group back to “genuine honesty and credibility.” He singled out Swalwell for removal over the California Democrat’s past financial and sexual relationship with a Chinese spy. He felt the need to cut Schiff for being a major promoter of the discredited anti-Trump dossier created by British mercenary Christopher Steele.
On January 24 McCarthy, now House Speaker, fulfilled his promise and expelled the pair from the committee.
Kevin McCarthy just kicked me and @RepSwalwell off the Intelligence Committee.
This is petty, political payback for investigating Donald Trump.
If he thinks this will stop me, he will soon find out just how wrong he is.
I will always defend our democracy.
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) January 25, 2023
So far Swalwell hasn’t commented on his demotion, but Schiff wasted no time in complaining about it. He sent a bitter tweet the next day, claiming the move was “petty, political payback” for Schiff’s repeated attacks on former president Donald Trump. He went on to warn, “If he thinks this will stop me, he will soon find out just how wrong he is” before pledging to “always defend our democracy.”
It’s unclear what, exactly, Schiff means. Stop him from doing what? McCarthy can certainly stop him from sitting on the House Intelligence Committee, so it can’t be that. Most likely Schiff is talking about his vendetta against Trump, and it’s true that he’s free to keep pursuing that as a backbencher. That isn’t why McCarthy took him off the committee, though. He did it because Schiff lied about the Steele dossier, and people who can’t be trusted to tell the truth also can’t be trusted with access to US intelligence secrets.
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