(Republicaninformer.com)- Now that it is minus the deeply partisan former chair Adam Schiff (D-CA), the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee is aiming for a more bipartisan approach, according to The Hill.
A source on the committee told The Hill that Republican members are hoping for a “reset” that allows them to “get past all the infighting.”
After House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) nominated both Schiff and fellow California Congressman Eric Swalwell to the Intelligence Committee, Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy rejected the two over national security concerns.
Schiff did not take the rejection well, accusing McCarthy of political retribution. He told The Hill that McCarthy politicized the Intelligence Committee, arguing that no speaker ever interfered with the minority party’s choice for ranking member.
The disgruntled Schiff claimed that former Speaker Nancy Pelosi had “reverence” for the Intelligence Committee while McCarthy does not.
Republican Congressman Chris Stewart, an 8-year Intelligence Committee member, told The Hill that the reset is about much more than simply being free of Schiff and Swalwell. He said it wouldn’t be accurate to think that getting rid of them will make the Intelligence Committee work “beautifully.” He said the past problems with the committee weren’t just because of Schiff and Swalwell.
Democrat member Jim Himes told The Hill that the two impeachments of Donald Trump and the attacks on Trump supporters after January 6 hindered the Intelligence Committee’s ability to remain focused on national security because the committee “became enormously polarized.” He said when the committee moved on after Ukraine, “it already started to repair itself.”
Himes told The Hill that he believes Chair Mike Turner “has always been a fair actor.”
Joining the Republicans on the Intelligence Committee are new members Dan Crenshaw (R-TX), Michael Waltz (R-FL), and French Hill (R-AK).
Democrats are still waiting for Minority Leader Jeffries to name committee members.
Member Mike Gallagher (R-WI) told The Hill that he hopes Jeffries sees which Republicans were appointed on the committee and “responds in kind” by not naming “bomb-throwers, but solutions-oriented types”