McCarthy told Fox News anchor Maria Bartiromo on Sunday that Rep. Ilhan Omar (Minn.), Rep. Eric Swalwell (Calif.) and Rep. Adam Schiff (Calif.) would be stripped of their committee posts if he becomes House speaker in January.
The California Republican said on Sunday that he’ll deliver on his promise before criticizing the group of Democrats.
“Eric Swalwell cannot get a security clearance in the public sector. Why would we ever give him a security clearance in the secrets to America? So I will not allow him to be on intel,” said McCarthy, appearing to refer to a report connecting the California Democrat to a Chinese intelligence operative. Swalwell has not been accused of wrongdoing.
“You have Adam Schiff who had lied to the American public time and again. We will not allow him to be on the intel committee either. And you look at Congresswoman Omar, her antisemitic comments that have gone forward, we’re not going to allow her to be on foreign affairs,” McCarthy said.
McCarthy has said that Schiff, as chair of the Intelligence Committee, has politicized the panel and used his position to lie. His comments about Omar appear to be related to the Minnesota lawmaker’s criticism of Israel.