House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said he will follow through on his promise to remove Rep. Ilhan Omar from the House Foreign Affairs Committee when Republicans retake control of Congress.
“Last year, I promised that when I became Speaker, I would remove Rep. Ilhan Omar from the House Foreign Affairs Committee based on her repeated anti-semitic and anti-American remarks. I’m keeping that promise,” McCarthy said on Twitter.
Last year, I promised that when I became Speaker, I would remove Rep. Ilhan Omar from the House Foreign Affairs Committee based on her repeated anti-semitic and anti-American remarks.
I'm keeping that promise. pic.twitter.com/04blBx3neD
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) November 19, 2022
Omar has frequently been accused of anti-Semitism for saying things like “Israel has hypnotized the world.” Most recently, she compared the U.S. and Israel to Hamas and the Taliban because they all commit “unthinkable atrocities.”
Ultimately, removing a member from their committee assignments requires a full vote from the House. Democrats voted to remove Republican Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Paul Gosar from their committees last year.
“The Democrats have created a new thing where they’re picking and choosing who could be on committee. Never in history have you had the majority tell the minority who could be on committee,” McCarthy said at the time.
McCarthy told Fox News Sunday that he also hopes to remove Reps. Eric Swalwell and Adam Schiff from some of their committees.
“One thing I said from the very beginning, Eric Swalwell cannot get a security clearance in the public sector,” McCarthy said. “Why would we ever give him a security clearance and the secrets to America? So, I will not allow him to be on Intel.”
“You have Adam Schiff, who lied to the American public time and again — we will not allow him to be on the Intel Committee either,” he added.
Republicans nominated McCarthy for the speakership last week, but there is some question as to whether he will have the support when the full House votes in January. He will need 218 votes to win the speakership and three Republicans have said they won’t support McCarthy. Republicans are projected to have a slim majority of 220 to 224 seats, according to Fox News.