‘He Will Do Whatever Marjorie Taylor Greene Wants Him to Do’

  • House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is seeking to become Speaker of the House next year.
  • He has promised to remove rep. Adam Schiff and two other Democrats from their committee, if elected.
  • Schiff has called him a “very weak leader.”

Rep. Adam Schiff criticized House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy for promising to remove three Democrats from their committee jobs if elected speaker.

McCarthy aims to remove Rep. Ilhan Omar, who is in Parliament’s foreign affairs committee, and reps. Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell, who are on the House Intelligence Committee, from their duties, according to USA Today.

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“I will keep that promise,” McCarthy said Sunday on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” after reporter Maria Bartiromo asked if he “will stick” to removing Omar, Schiff and Swalwell from the committee.

Schiff responded to McCarthy’s potential pledge on a Sunday episode of ABC’s “This Week.”

“Well, I suppose he’ll do what Marjorie Taylor Greene wants him to do. He’s a very weak leader of this conference, which means he’ll comply with the wishes of the lowest common denominator, and if the lowest common denominator want to remove people from committees, that’s what they’re going to do,” Schiff said.

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For McCarthy to become Speaker of the House next year, replacing Nancy Pelosi, he must win 218 votes in the House. It’s possible the effort could prove challenging given Republicans’ narrow margin of victory this midterm season.

Some Republicans have criticized McCarthy – including Representative Adam Kinzinger, who said McCarthy has “taken the side of the rebels”, and Representative Liz Cheney, who called McCarthy “the leader of the pro-Putin wing”. Neither Kinzinger nor Cheney will be in Congress next year.


Greene supports McCarthy’s efforts, calling it a “bad strategy” for Republicans to go against him. Under his leadership, he has said he will reinstate her to committee duties despite her far-right ideologies.

Schiff, who is also on the committee investigating the Jan. 6 uprising, continued: “It’s going to be chaos with Republican leadership. And unfortunately, the crazy caucus has grown among the Republicans.”

Representatives for McCarthy and Schiff did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.


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