Credit To McCarthy For Dumping Schiff, Swalwell And Omar Off House Intel Committee
So far it does seem as though new House Speaker Kevin McCarthy is following through on promises he’s made to greatly improve Congress.
The rules package agreed to Monday was a fulfillment of the deal McCarthy made with the Freedom Caucus to greatly open the House to debate and member-driven – rather than leadership-driven – legislation. The House now has a single-subject rule which it has needed for a long time, which does away with those awful omnibus bills coming through Congress that nobody reads in advance, it’s going to try to practice regular order on spending, meaning there will be 12 appropriations bills going through committee markups and getting real scrutiny rather than one continuing resolution or catch-all spending bill nobody reads, and he also agreed to be held to a Jeffersonian motion to vacate the chair. That means on the motion of one detractor in the House he could be removed by majority vote.
That’s an awfully big concession.
There isn’t much reason to believe McCarthy is a true believer in the Freedom Caucus theory of House governance just yet, but he’s fulfilling other promises as well. Like for example, he said he’d start pulling the worst offenders among Democrats off the committees they really shouldn’t be on.
Newly minted House Speaker Kevin McCarthy is making good on his promise to strip Democratic Representatives Ilhan Omar, Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell of their committee assignments.
“Swalwell can’t get a security clearance in the private sector. I’m not going to give him a government security clearance. Schiff has lied to the American public,” McCarthy told reporters late Monday night. “We will not allow him to be on the Intel Committee either.”
The move is especially damaging for Schiff, who abused his position as House Intelligence Committee Chairman to investigate President Donald Trump over bogus “Russian collusion” during the 2016 presidential election. For years Schiff claimed evidence was “hiding in plain site” that would lead to an indictment of Trump. After years of what Trump called a witch hunt, in addition to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s lengthy and expensive investigation, the politically charged allegations never came true.
Swalwell is the one who got caught having a sexual affair with a Chinese spy named Fang Fang, meaning he’s compromised by our number one geopolitical adversary, and yet Nancy Pelosi wouldn’t take him off the Intelligence Committee. Very bizarre. As for Schiff, it’s come out that he was pressuring Twitter to ban journalists like Paul Sperry. That on top of his nonstop Trump-Russia-hoax babblings and other lies. You can’t have people like that on the Intel Committee, just like you can’t have somebody like Omar whose hatred for America is palpable and undeniable.
For national security reasons this was a good idea. For political reasons it’s an excellent idea. A Republican-run House willing to punish Democrat members who have acted irresponsibly and practiced unlimited hackery like these three have is a House with a chance to function properly. These examples will help to train the rest not to act the ass like Schiff, Swalwell and Omar have.
And if the Left wants to make them martyrs, fine. They aren’t all that sympathetic in that role.