It’s Official: McCarthy Boots Schiff, Swalwell Off Intel Panel

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 13:  U.S. House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) speaks during a weekly news conference at the U.S. Capitol on January 13, 2022 in Washington, DC. Leader McCarthy announced yesterday that he would not voluntarily cooperate with the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol after the committee has formally requested an interview with him. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • New Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday formally rejected two California Democrats — Reps. Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell — from serving on the Intelligence Committee, escalating the two-year, tit-for-tat battle between the parties over who is qualified for certain positions on Capitol Hill.
  • House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) had written to McCarthy on Saturday asking that both Schiff and Swalwell be seated on the Intel panel, where membership assignments come solely at the discretion of the Speaker.
  • McCarthy rejected the request, saying Schiff and Swalwell’s previous actions make them unfit to serve on a panel with jurisdiction over and access to sensitive issues of national security.

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