Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) criticized House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Sunday for saying that he would kick Schiff from the House Intelligence Committee over his involvement in the investigation of the alleged ties between Russia and former President Trump’s campaign.
Schiff while on CNN’s “State of the Union” noted that McCarthy was not concerned with Schiff’s stance on Russia, his predominant problem instead was that he won’t be able to reach the 218 votes required to become Speaker “without Marjorie Taylor Greene and Paul Gosar and Matt Gaetz”. This is why he is willing to do their bidding and have people removed from committees.
McCarthy is hoping to become the Speaker in the next Congress, and as part of his campaigning for winning this top spot, he has vowed to remove Schiff and Democratic Reps. Eric Swalwell (Calif.) and Ilhan Omar (Minn.) from their respective committee positions.
McCarthy won the House GOP nomination for Speaker in a split vote, with 188 Republicans supporting him and 31 voting against him. However, in order to become the Speaker he will need to win a positive vote on the floor.
Schiff has said that “Kevin McCarthy has no ideology. He has no core set of beliefs.” This is what makes it hard for him to gain the support of 218 Representatives.