One of Mr. McCarthy’s first important decisions as House Speaker was to remove Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota from the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Additionally, he declared his intention to remove Californian lawmakers Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell from the House Intelligence Committee.
“In the private sector, Swalwell cannot receive a security clearance. According to Mr. McCarthy, I won’t provide him with a government security clearance. “Schiff has fooled the American people much too repeatedly. He has no place on Intel.
Threats to dismiss them from their committees by the newly elected speaker were denied by the 3 House Democrats.
For his position as the leading Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee during the investigation into Russia’s impact on the 2016 presidential campaign and any links between former president Donald Trump’s team, Mr. Schiff has long been hated by Republicans.
As Axios reported in late 2020 that a Chinese intelligence operator targeted him, participated in a fundraising event, and placed at least one intern in his office, Republicans have demanded Mr. Swalwell be removed from the committee. According to reports, Mr. Swalwell broke all contact with her, and no one accused him of misbehavior during an investigation.