The Schiff-Swalwell saga: Is McCarthy being politic, or playing politics?

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) insists his rejection of California Democrats Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell to be members of the Intelligence Committee is all about protecting national security.

House Democrats say it’s vengeance, plain and simple, payback for the barring of Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Paul Gosar (R-AZ) from committee assignments in the last Congress, when Democrats were in charge and Nancy Pelosi was speaker.

House Democrats in February 2021 banished Greene from committee assignments following incendiary and violent statements issued before being elected to Congress. In 2021, the House voted to censure Gosar and stripped
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