McCarthy vows to remove Democrats from committees if Republicans win House
Schiff and Swalwell serve on the House Intelligence Committee, while Omar serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
“The Democrats have created a new thing where they’re picking and choosing who could be on committee. Never in the history have you had the majority tell the minority who could be on committee,” McCarthy lamented in the interview.
In response, Swalwell told Fintech Zoom’s Anderson Cooper on Monday night that McCarthy’s vow was “purely for retaliation.”
“He’s targeting me and he’s targeting Schiff and he’s targeting Ms. Omar because we’re effective. Not for any other reason,” Swalwell said on “Anderson Cooper 360.” “This is the Trumpization of politics. … He’s doing it purely for retaliation purposes and he’s not even offering a fig leaf as to why he’s doing it.”
“I think the majority is going to have to approve any of those members on the committees on which they can serve,” he said at the time.
Pelosi had told Fintech Zoom in response that she was not concerned that Republicans plan to retaliate should the GOP win back the House. “No, we would not walk away from our responsibilities for fear of something they may do in the future,” the California Democrat said at the time.
This story has been updated with a response from Rep. Eric Swalwell.