House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) tweeted a letter on Tuesday showing that he followed through on his pledge to keep Democrat Reps. Eric Swalwell and Adam Schiff, both of California, off the House Intelligence Committee.
I have rejected the appointments of Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell for the House Intelligence Committee.
— Kevin McCarthy (@SpeakerMcCarthy) January 25, 2023
The action prompted a strong reaction from Schiff. "Kevin McCarthy just kicked me and @RepSwalwell off the Intelligence Committee," Schiff tweeted Tuesday evening. "This is petty, political payback for investigating Donald Trump. If he thinks this will stop me, he will soon find out just how wrong he is. I will always defend our democracy."
But not everyone on Twitter was taking Schiff's view of events at face value.
Federalist editor-in-chief Mollie Hemingway tweeted, "Adam Schiff, who for years falsely claimed to have evidence of collusion between Trump and Russia, and whose office is known for widespread leaking to support such partisan information operations, has been kicked off the Intel Committee."
University of New Mexico professor Nick Flor tweeted, "’This is petty, political payback…’ Okay, look. You lied 24/7 for FOUR YEARS about having proof of President Trump's collusion with Russia. LIED TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE. L-I-E-D. It's not payback. It's inevitable."
X Strategies LLC Senior Digital Strategist Greg Price agreed, "You went on TV for two years and said that you had personally seen evidence of Trump colluding with Russia while being told in closed door hearings by intel officials that there was no evidence of it. You should resign in disgrace."
"Good. You’re a lying, leaking clown," Federalist c0-founder and CEO Sean Davis tweeted. "You and Swalwell can use your extra free time to start the Friends of Fang Fang Committee."
"You’re actually just not smart. Something you need to be for the INTELLIGENCE committee," writer Eddie Scarry said.
MRCTV managing editor Brittany Hughes commented on the tone of Schiff's tweet, "You sound like a Batman villain."
Dave Rubin just tweeted a row of clown emojis.
— Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) January 25, 2023
It is satisfying to see Schiff's dishonesty and extreme prejudice come back to get him. He mercilessly went after President Donald Trump on the basis of lies that he claimed were facts.
The House will be largely spared from further clownish behavior by Schiff and Swalwell, at least for as long as Republicans can hold on to power.