In a letter obtained by The Washington Post, Jeffries said, “You are breaking the long-standing House tradition of honoring the recommendations of the Minority Intelligence Committee and denying seats to ranking members Schiff and Rep. Swalwell. “I understand that you intend to,” he said.
Republicans are part of retaliation for votes by the Democratic-led House of Representatives in the last Congress to remove Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Gaga) and Paul A. Gosser (R-Gaga) As, you’re about to deny a spot on a key Democratic panel. ) from the Commission. Some Republicans joined Democrats to strip the Green and Gosser committees of office.
While Green endorsed extremist beliefs and voiced his endorsement of violence against prominent Democrats, Gosar posted an animated video depicting the murder of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (DNY) and violence against President Biden. .
McCarthy argued that Schiff and Swalwell were unfit to serve on the Intelligence Committee, arguing that Schiff’s actions as chairman of the Commission during President Donald Trump’s first impeachment inquiry and Swalwell’s involvement in the Chinese intelligence He pointed out that he was allegedly related to the operatives. Evidence of wrongdoing on Swalwell’s part.
Unlike most committees, where the party leader controls appointees, the chairman has the final say on who sits on the information panel.
In his letter, Jeffries argues that the issues that prompted the vote to remove Greene and Gosser were not at all the issues that motivated McCarthy to possibly reject Schiff and Swalwell’s seats.
Green and Gosar were dismissed “because a bipartisan vote in the House found them unfit to serve on a standing committee that directly instigated violence against their colleagues,” writes Jeffries. “Considering that he has never exhibited violent thoughts or actions, there is no precedent or justification for the dismissal of Schiff and Swalwell.”
Jefferies also accused Rep. George Santos (RN. Santos), whom McCarthy called “a string of impostors,” to lie about material parts of his background and face multiple investigations. doing.
punch bowl news first reported to the letter.
Among other things, McCarthy is the whistleblower who sparked the impeachment inquiry over whether Trump pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to launch an investigation into Joe Biden in exchange for a promised White House meeting. Alleged that Schiff “lyed the American public” about whether he knew and delivery of US military aid.
as mentioned in Washington Post Fact Check This month, during the impeachment inquiry, Schiff tried to avoid public disclosure of the whistleblower’s name, often truncating questions that could expose officials. , but the individual has never been officially confirmed as a whistleblower.
In an attempt to deny Swalwell the seat, McCarthy stole the seat 2020 report According to Axios, a suspected Chinese intelligence agent called Christine Fang had extensive ties with local and national politicians, including Swalwell.
She reportedly targeted up-and-coming politicians in the San Francisco Bay Area through campaign fundraising and networking. According to Axios, she first met Swalwell when he was a city councilor in Dublin, California.
However, there is no evidence of wrongdoing on Swalwell’s part. Washington Post fact-check found this monthAxios said that when the FBI alerted Swalwell and other congressmen to concerns about Fang’s activities, Swalwell immediately cut ties with her.
Glenn Kessler contributed to this report.