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Tue Jan 24, 2023, 08:05 PM

McCarthy formally blocks Schiff, Swalwell from Intel panel

Source: The Hill

Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Tuesday formally rejected two Democrats — Reps. Adam Schiff (Calif.) and Eric Swalwell (Calif.) — 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.

“In order to maintain a standard worthy of this committee’s responsibilities, I am hereby rejecting the appointments of Representative Adam Schiff and Representative Eric Swalwell to serve on the Intelligence Committee,” he wrote in a letter to Jeffries.


Read more: https://thehill.com/homenews/house/3829218-mccarthy-formally-blocks-schiff-swalwell-from-intel-panel/

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Reply McCarthy formally blocks Schiff, Swalwell from Intel panel (Original post)
brooklynite Tuesday OP
bucolic_frolic Tuesday #1
keroro gunsou Wednesday #44
Firestorm49 Wednesday #50
blm Tuesday #2
SoCalDavidS Tuesday #4
blm Tuesday #26
NullTuples Tuesday #27
ShazzieB Tuesday #3
SoCalDavidS Tuesday #7
littlemissmartypants Tuesday #35
ShazzieB Wednesday #45
Delphinus Tuesday #22
Evolve Dammit Tuesday #5
OAITW r.2.0 Tuesday #6
Samrob Tuesday #31
YoshidaYui Tuesday #8
sakabatou Tuesday #13
YoshidaYui Tuesday #21
ShazzieB Wednesday #47
LaMouffette Tuesday #9
MacKasey Tuesday #10
CaliforniaPeggy Tuesday #12
Hugh_Lebowski Tuesday #11
Bev54 Tuesday #14
Hugh_Lebowski Tuesday #15
agingdem Tuesday #17
ShazzieB Wednesday #46
ananda Tuesday #16
agingdem Tuesday #18
Mark.b2 Tuesday #19
Delphinus Tuesday #23
Mark.b2 Tuesday #24
littlemissmartypants Tuesday #38
JohnSJ Tuesday #20
Rebl2 Tuesday #25
NullTuples Tuesday #28
GenThePerservering Tuesday #29
JudyM Tuesday #30
SouthernDem4ever Tuesday #32
Rhiannon12866 Tuesday #33
BOSSHOG Tuesday #34
niyad Tuesday #36
Ferrets are Cool Tuesday #37
dobleremolque Tuesday #39
littlemissmartypants Tuesday #40
Laura PourMeADrink Tuesday #41
tonekat Tuesday #42
William Gustafson Wednesday #43
no_hypocrisy Wednesday #48
bullimiami Wednesday #49

Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2023, 08:09 PM

1. No words

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 25, 2023, 12:28 AM

44. Two words:

Bitch, please.

This what happens when a spineless weasel gets the job of House Speaker despite not having a mandate or a sizable majority… got to get in bed with crazystupid.

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Response to keroro gunsou (Reply #44)

Wed Jan 25, 2023, 02:26 PM

50. I wonder which former idiot President ( there's only one)

is pulling McCarthys strings.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2023, 08:14 PM

2. Jeffries needs McCarthy to detail the claims

he is making against them. Be specific, Kev.

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Response to blm (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 24, 2023, 08:17 PM

4. He Doesn't Have To Be Specific

He can say he doesn't like the color of their hair.

As Speaker, he has unlimited power in this particular matter.

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Response to SoCalDavidS (Reply #4)

Tue Jan 24, 2023, 09:00 PM

26. Of course, but, grab the narrative

and make a stink about it on camera for its lack of cause.

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Response to blm (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 24, 2023, 09:00 PM

27. No, he really doesn't. Congress is run on traditions crafted by wealthy white men of privilege.

There are frightfully few actual rules with penalties that whoever is in power can't simply bend or ignore. In large part the founders simply assumed that whoever was going to be in control would understand that at least a facade of propriety over the nation was needed. Their blind spot was that someday a group driven by nothing but greed - either monetary, egotistical, or both - would come along, gain power and take full advantage of the fact that there really are no rules.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2023, 08:15 PM

3. So pathetically childish

Kevin has to block the 2 most qualified people in the House from serving on this committee, only because he promised some people with axes to grind that he would do so in order to get them to support (or at least not block) his bid for the Speakership.

Pathetic.

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Response to ShazzieB (Reply #3)

Tue Jan 24, 2023, 08:18 PM

7. What Makes You Think He's Not Doing It On His Own?

He may just want to be a Dick.

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Response to SoCalDavidS (Reply #7)

Tue Jan 24, 2023, 10:32 PM

35. There's plenty of supporting evidence for that!

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Response to SoCalDavidS (Reply #7)

Wed Jan 25, 2023, 01:25 AM

45. Oh, he's being a dick all right. But he's not doing it JUST to be a dick.

Here's a HuffPost article that explains it:
Kevin McCarthy Denies Intelligence Committee Seats To Eric Swalwell And Adam Schiff
https://www.huffpost.com/entry/kevin-mccarthy-eric-swalwell-adam-schiff-ilhan-omar_n_63d0839be4b0c8e3fc7a833a

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has avenged Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) by blocking two Democrats from serving on a House committee.

McCarthy announced Tuesday he would refuse to seat Democratic Reps. Eric Swalwell and Adam Schiff of California on the House Intelligence Committee — pure political payback for Democrats removing Greene and Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) from committees in 2021.

In a public letter to Democratic leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), who had named the pair to the intelligence committee, McCarthy said that “in order to maintain a standard worthy of this committee’s responsibilities,” he would reject the appointment of the two Democrats.

Greene has emerged as McCarthy’s top ally on the far-right flank of the Republican Party. Democrats booted her from committees in 2021 when it came out that she had trafficked online in conspiracy theories and violent rhetoric toward political opponents, especially Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), before coming to Congress. McCarthy won Greene’s support for his speakership partly by promising to put her back on committees if Republicans controlled the House — a promise he has kept.



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Response to ShazzieB (Reply #3)

Tue Jan 24, 2023, 08:53 PM

22. Why would

kev want intelligent people on this committee?

I saw Adam's tweet and did I ever get a ton of folks blocked just from that thread.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2023, 08:18 PM

5. Mocking oversight is more gas lighting. Enough Mr. MTG. Meat puppet for Maggats. What a mockery.

The world must be wondering when the US collapses completely at this point.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2023, 08:18 PM

6. "In order to maintain a standard worthy of this committee's responsibilities,"

did he say this with a straight face? McCarthy is dumbing down our national intelligence because he can't have intelligent people doing their due diligence. I hope that the Democrats on the Committee will keep them in the loop.

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Response to OAITW r.2.0 (Reply #6)

Tue Jan 24, 2023, 09:37 PM

31. So put some insurrectionists on the Intel Committee, that's keeping respectable...by GOP standards.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2023, 08:19 PM

8. REVENGE POLITICS PROBABLY DIRECTED BY MARJORIE TAYLOR GREEN

she WILL BE RUNNING THE HOUSE, JUST you watch! "OWN THE LIBS!!" FUCK YOU REPUBLICANS

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Response to YoshidaYui (Reply #8)

Tue Jan 24, 2023, 08:27 PM

13. Yep, sounds like revenge politics to me.

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Response to sakabatou (Reply #13)

Tue Jan 24, 2023, 08:48 PM

21. I K R?

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Response to sakabatou (Reply #13)

Wed Jan 25, 2023, 01:37 AM

47. That's what it is all right.

To put it crudely, MTG's got his balls in a Dixie cup right now. He'll do anything she wants just because she supported him for Speaker.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2023, 08:23 PM

9. Could McCarthy block ALL Dems from the Intelligence Committee? It's terrifying to think what the

Insurrectionist Caucus will do with the classified information they will be allowed to access. Could be they want to block Schiff and Swalwell not just out of vindictiveness, but also so that they will be free to run roughshod over the nation's most sensitive intelligence.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2023, 08:24 PM

10. Kevin McCarthy is unfit

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Response to MacKasey (Reply #10)

Tue Jan 24, 2023, 08:27 PM

12. Yes--for anything. n/t

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2023, 08:25 PM

11. Unbelievable, esp. for Schiff who was the former Chair of the Panel

Obvs I want them both on there, but not taking Swalwell is at least somewhat defensible.

Excluding Schiff is definitely not.

Have I mentioned lately how much I hate these fucking people?

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Response to Hugh_Lebowski (Reply #11)

Tue Jan 24, 2023, 08:28 PM

14. How so? He has done absolutely nothing wrong.

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Response to Bev54 (Reply #14)

Tue Jan 24, 2023, 08:32 PM

15. Because former Chairs almost never get kicked off the Intel panels when the House changes hands?

I didn't mean it as a diss on Swalwell, I love the guy. But this is a political process. Essentially, kicking off regular member Swalwell is less of a political affront then kicking off former chair Schiff.

Both are great on the panel, and both deserve a spot, to be clear. If this whole process were merit-based, I mean.

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Response to Hugh_Lebowski (Reply #11)

Tue Jan 24, 2023, 08:38 PM

17. why..because of a past association with a Chinese nationalist?

that's a reason to deny him on seat on the intelligence committee?..Trump colluded with the Russians, he had financial interests in China, he has ties to Saudi's MbS..all kosher, right, Kev???...

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Response to agingdem (Reply #17)

Wed Jan 25, 2023, 01:32 AM

46. No, because Kev is doing favors for MTG.

He has to kiss her ass a whole bunch now to reward her for supporting him for Speaker. This is just part of it.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2023, 08:36 PM

16. I hope Dems make a lot of PERSISTENT loud noise about this...

and everything else the Reeps do.

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Response to ananda (Reply #16)

Tue Jan 24, 2023, 08:40 PM

18. If Swalwell and Schiff are denied committee seats the

that frees up their time to appear on MSNBC and rip Kevin and the maggots to pieces...

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2023, 08:42 PM

19. The Speaker shouldn't have this power....

They'll regret this precedent.

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Response to Mark.b2 (Reply #19)

Tue Jan 24, 2023, 08:53 PM

23. Welcome to DU!

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Response to Delphinus (Reply #23)

Tue Jan 24, 2023, 08:58 PM

24. Thank you, Delphinus!

Been around a few years...mostly as a lurker.

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Response to Mark.b2 (Reply #19)

Tue Jan 24, 2023, 10:35 PM

38. Welcome! ❤️

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2023, 08:47 PM

20. Doesn't the full House get to vote on this?

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2023, 08:58 PM

25. No surprise there

He hates them and what they did to his sweetheart trump.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2023, 09:03 PM

28. Elephant in the room - Putin's minions will now have access to all the Intelligence Committee knows.

And if you think they'll protect America instead of sell out, well...

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2023, 09:26 PM

29. Republicans have standards? NT

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2023, 09:27 PM

30. Of course. Because having the most knowledgeable people on the committee is of no value to the US.

I’d say go straight to hell, but he’s sending us first.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2023, 10:01 PM

32. McCarthy is so full of shit

opens his mouth and bile falls out. He can't give one good reason why they should not be part of those committtees.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2023, 10:03 PM

33. And assigns ant-vaxxer MTG to investigate Covid...

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2023, 10:09 PM

34. Isn't Kev so cute when he does things formally?

Does it not hurt to laugh so hard to hear someone like Kev-Kev with power from almighty high proclaiming that real patriots are unfit to serve? Issues of National security? Kev, drop the Mic.

Kevin like Bret Kavanaugh are possessed with conservative values. Me thinks it’s going to be a quick 2 years.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2023, 10:32 PM

36. "escalating the two year tit for tat battle". FUCK YOU, hill, for that nasty little

bit of lying "bothsiderism".

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2023, 10:33 PM

37. "previous actions make them unfit to serve" No Sir, YOU are unfit to serve.

You are the MOST unfit to serve this Country. You filthy shell of a human.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2023, 10:37 PM

39. I have to believe that when you have known pipelines to our international enemies

serving in positions like this, the intelligence community has ways to deal with it.

Yeah, they are Members of Congress and the presumption is that they're entitled to see certain critical intelligence information. But that depends on the presumption that they are loyal to the nation. That presumption is invalid with the Republicans here.

Anyone who has read enough John LeCarré knows that you reveal turn-coat traitors by feeding them false information that's too juicy NOT to relay to your Russian handlers, and when that false information shows up in Moscow, you've identified your traitor.

Surely our intelligence experts have some way to detect then deflect the damage these insurrectionists can do and the betrayal they represent to the foundational principles of this country.

The Charles McGonigal arrest gives me some hope that our intelligence experts in the Executive branch are not going to go docile and meek before the current House of Representatives.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2023, 10:44 PM

40. I think the Democrats should create their own "Intelligence Committee."

It might not have the same power but it could still investigate things or call into questions the Republican's versions of events. Basically, investigate the investigators. Why not? ❤️

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2023, 10:47 PM

41. Hmm. And it was stupid to align with someone else!!

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Tue Jan 24, 2023, 11:10 PM

42. Sounds like they want an all GOP committee

Which would be illegitimate as far as I'm concerned.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2023, 12:11 AM

43. "Mr. Speaker".... "I request a vote of no confidence on Kevin McCarthy"....

is all "one member" of the House has to do to get a vote on removing McCarthy.... do it every day to slow down this shit show.....

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2023, 04:37 AM

48. All I see in my mind is MTG laughing into her hands with glee.

Rep. Jefferies, nominate Nancy Pelosi to replace one of them.

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Response to brooklynite (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2023, 08:44 AM

49. tit for tat? dems remove someone from position for good cause. reps retaliate for spite.

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