by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
After a four-year reign, California Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff’s days as chair of the House Intelligence Committee, marked by abuse and grotesque politicization, are finally numbered. But it’s not just Schiff’s chairmanship headed out the door with the incoming Republican majority; it’s his seat on the committee altogether.
On Sunday, GOP House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy made clear a trio of liberal lawmakers were on the chopping block for their assignments after the chamber took the unprecedented step of dictating minority committee appointments under Democrat rule. Georgia Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene was kicked off of her committees just a month after her congressional inauguration.
“Should you become speaker of the House in January, what are you going to do in terms of these Democrats that you have on such important committees?” asked Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo on Sunday. “You’ve talked in the past about removing Ilhan Omar, you’ve talked about removing Adam Schiff, about Eric Swalwell. Will you deliver?”
In January, McCarthy told Breitbart News each would be removed from their respective positions on the Intelligence Committee and Foreign Affairs Committee if he were elected speaker with a Republican majority.
“I’ll keep that promise,” McCarthy told Bartiromo. McCarthy had already been calling for Swalwell’s resignation from the House Intelligence Committee since details surfaced of the Democrat’s close relationship with a since-vanished Chinese spy.
“Eric Swalwell cannot get a security clearance in the public sector,” McCarthy said Sunday. “Why would we ever give him a security clearance and the secrets to America?”
“Adam Schiff, who had lied to the American public time and again, we will not allow him to be on the Intel Committee either,” McCarthy added. …
… Schiff used his perch on the Intelligence Committee to foment fear that the new Republican president was in fact a Russian agent who colluded with the Kremlin for command of the Oval Office.